We struggle our whole life to achieve this and that – some milestones are professional, some financial, and some personal. When many people look back at this time, when they are a few years from retirement, they often realize the significance of those milestones and the people they shared them with. They often have a greater understanding of what is important and give greater attention to the needs of their spouse and themselves. They may want to leave the hustle and bustle of living among those who are constantly shuffling off to work. Here you will find some great places which are prime locations for living out retirement.
Here are 7 locations ideal for retirement. While this list represents some of the best places for retirement, there are undoubtedly many more places in the USA to live out your golden years. Decide the things that matter most to you and base your choice around those desires.
1. Fort Collins, Colorado - http://ftcollins.com/
Details: Has an eco-friendly spirit, low crime rate, bicycle friendly, great cross country trails, active arts and music scene, affordable- a 3 bedroom house is tagged at $250,000.
Top attraction: June Colorado Brewers’ Festival (owing to the many micro-breweries for beer in the town) when more 30,000 beer lovers converge on this wonderful town
Downside: Rough winters with temperatures dipping below zero.
2. Beaufort, SC - http://www.beaufortsc.org/
Details: Superb place has more than 70 sites, famous for fishing/ golf/ kayaking, average cost of a home is $175,000, laid-back lifestyle, considered by Field and Stream Magazine as one of the top 20 fishing towns.
Top attraction: Just 34 miles away from the beaches of Hilton Head Island; this is also famous for its golf courses
Downside: It attracts too many tourists in summer; the population increases by almost 10 folds
3. Portland, Ore - http://www.travelportland.com/
Details: One of the greenest cities in the world with 5,000 acre wilderness zone, lovely biking and hiking trails, superb in-town transportation network with light-rail, famous for rose gardens/ micro-brewed beer/ gourmet coffee, house costs about $240,000, has one of the largest book libraries in Mississippi.
Top attraction: Green city
Downside: Rush hour traffic, rain (37 inches/ yearly)
4. Fayetteville, Arkansas - http://www.experiencefayetteville.com/
Details: Best book library in the country in 2004 (by Library Journal), consists of the house where the Clintons were married (now it is a museum), crime rates are low, green conscience living with extensive train service, lakes nearby that are superb for fishing, houses cost less than $200,000.
Top attraction: There is an 86-acre Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (http://www.bgozarks.org/aboutus/) complete with a wonderful lakeside hiking trail.
Downside: There are pockets of abject poverty in Fayetteville
5. St George, Utah - http://www.sgcity.org/
Details: Has more than a dozen golf courses, sunny and scenic locations which beautiful Virgin River flows right through, hot spot for rock climbers, houses cost approximately $205,000, beautiful and laid back which is popular with retirees, Las Vegas is just a 90 minute drive away.
Top attraction: Check out the Dinosaur Walkaway (http://www.dinosite.org/) that shows dinosaur tracks from more than 200 million years ago.
Downside: Summer (especially July) is very hot with temperatures reaching 102 degrees and above
6. Tucson, Arizona - http://www.visittucson.org/
Details: They say Tucson has it all – tennis/ swimming pools/ 35 golf courses/ spas/ fitness centers/ superb landscape/ mountains, the Green Valley village is one of the largest retirement villages in the world, houses costs some $250,000, spectacular scenery.
Top attraction: Has a forest of cacti in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (http://www.desertmuseum.org/) that is spellbinding
Downside: Prone to flash floods, experiences thunderstorms and summer is hot with about 100 degree temperatures.
7. Georgetown, Texas - http://georgetown.org/
Details: Has golf carts for moving around (Sun City Retirement Community), among the lowest in the country as far as crime rates, houses cost about $220,000, just 26 miles from the hot international favorite Austin, has hiking and horse riding as the main attractions.
Top attraction: There is a Red Poppy Festival (http://poppy.georgetown.org/) that attracts more than 30,000 tourists every April just to watch these flowers bloom.
Downside: Summers are at times too hot and humid.