#26 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in California
- 437 reviews
Visitor: I really enjoy this city because of how clean and open the roads are; overall the city feels breathable due to the low amount of tall buildings and offers several places to surround yourself with nature on a hike. One of my favorite places to visit is the Irvine Spectrum mall because of the many places to shop, eat and socialize. I love coming with my friends and family to take the day off and simply enjoy each others company watching a movie or racing a competitive match on Mario Cart at Dave and Busters! The Great Park also has many fun activities like hopping onto the carousel or (my personal favorite) viewing the whole city and become mesmerized by the landscape from a hot air balloon. This city is truly one of my favorites and holds many dear memories of me and my loved ones.
- 265,502 Population
#27 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Florida
- 1,053 reviews
Current Resident: My experience of growing up in Miami was amazing. The beach is 10 minutes away. Miami has a ton of options for various lifestyles. There is also always something to do so you are never bored. In my opinion, Miami has the feel of a small town with amenities of a big city. The traffic is absolutely horrible though due to large population. It is also one of the most expensive cities you can live in. But the view and the diversity here is worth it; Miami is what you would call a salad bowl of diversity and I love it! One thing I would definitely add to Miami is a better public transportation system because I feel that is what's lacking.
- 451,214 Population
#28 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Florida
- 1,092 reviews
Current Resident: I love the cosmopolitan aspect of Tampa, it truly is a melting pot of cultures. Tampa has a lot of life, there are numerous theme parks, restaurants, clubs, casinos, parks, beaches, and many things to do in general. There are many schools including private schools, public schools, universities, and community colleges. If you have a craving for a specific food you are guaranteed to find a restaurant for it! For people with Celiac Disease or other health concerns regarding gluten there are many restaurants that not only provide gluten free options but will clean their kitchen area and utensils to insure your experience is contaminant free.
- 376,345 Population
#29 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Texas
- 426 reviews
Current Resident: I have grown up in Amarillo almost my whole life. Living here is what made me who I am today. I have met so many amazing people throughout the years and plan to make many more. What I have liked about Amarillo so far is the fact that everyone is friendly, for the most part, and are always willing to lend a helping hand. Amarillo also as many natural tourist attractions like Palo Duro Canyon, animal rescues and sanctuaries, and lakes you can visit over the summer months. Amarillo is not always sunshine and rainbows though. Living in Amarillo has helped me understand what it is like living in a rural community and what to stay away from. Some parts of Amarillo are not cleaned up and are fueled with crime, which has taught me to lock my car more often than I should have to. But when I say that I think I speak for most places. Amarillo, for the most part, is a great city filled with adventure and endless opportunities to grow and flourish.
- 198,773 Population
#30 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Arizona
- 1,325 reviews
Current Resident: Tucson is very versatile! Down town is super fun and lively, while the foothills are a perfect place to relax and watch the sunset. The city is decorated with murals that cover entire walls on the sides in buildings. There are plenty of museums with information about Arizona’s plant and animal life, as well. The University of Arizona is a giant school with many things to do, from football games to the spring fling carnival: the largest student run event in the nation.
- 539,216 Population
#31 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in California
- 225 reviews
Current Resident: I would definitely describe Pasadena as a large community inside of the Southern California area. While it can seem like a huge city at times, you are guaranteed to either run into or walk past someone you know wherever you find yourself. Pasadena is also a city where I find pretty much everything is accessible within 20 minutes at most. Whether you love to explore new restaurants, go out shopping for a night, or even need easy access to freeways, it is all in close proximity. Additionally, there is always something going on!
- 141,246 Population
#32 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Massachusetts
- 93 reviews
Current Resident: I initially moved to Cambridge for school, and I love it! Yes, the winters can be a bit annoying - they're a bit longer than I'm used to. But everything else about Cambridge is A+. The public schools are amazing, and there are many universities in the area so it's a great place to be for young adults! Cambridge is rich with restaurants, bars, parks, and residential areas. You get to take advantage of all the opportunities in Boston, but live in a little bit quieter (and cheaper) area!
- 115,665 Population
#33 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Virginia
- 319 reviews
Former Resident: Alexandria is an enormous locale. Here you have ordinary suburbia (regions like Kingstowne), you have outstanding Old Town, excellent neighborhoods like Del Ray, and you have monstrous regions of locales in those decisions.
Living in Old Town is exceptional. Everything is walkable, there are unbelievable restaurants, shops, and preoccupation, just a few stages away. The waterfront reliably has events going on, and having the alternative to walking around the Potomac is incredibly lovely. In addition, by and by, you're essentially minutes from the National Harbor and the activities there at the MGM Grand and the rest of the national harbor.
- 156,505 Population
#34 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in California
- 326 reviews
Current Resident: My experience with Thousand Oaks is that I'm a local resident of the city, from the people to the atmosphere, to the weather the city in a nutshell is fantastic! I've lived here for nearly fifteen-years and haven't looked back. A slight downside to living in Thousand Oaks is the lack of nightlight, meaning it isn't a great place for having fun late out. Lastly, something I think I'd like to be changed in Thousand Oaks is for better local transportation systems to be implemented on a regular basis, rather than a transportation system with very scarce hours.
- 128,481 Population
#35 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Oklahoma
- 965 reviews
Nearby Resident: Tulsa is a very progressive city with a wide variety of stores, entertainment, good restaurants, music, and outdoor areas. There is a diverse population with plenty of opportunities to meet and learn about other races, religions, cultures, and ideas. Tulsa has several places that offer higher education opportunities with variation in the cost of these schools. Tulsa is a beautiful city that is constantly trying to expand its abundance of parks, museums, and other fun places to visit. The area has a great zoo and a wonderful aquarium. The interstate and turnpike offer quick ways to get to almost anywhere in the city and surrounding suburbs and the airport offers a central point to fly almost anywhere. Tulsa is just a great place to be!
- 402,223 Population
#36 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in California
- 308 reviews
Current Resident: I have grown up in Burbank my whole life and I love it! The city is small and intimate and you'll always encounter someone you know anywhere you go. Burbank has its own police force making it extra safe and response is very fast. We also have 5-6 fire stations all around and a large hospital. The schools are amazing with twelve elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools including two private schools.
- 104,275 Population
#37 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Maryland
- 354 reviews
Nearby Resident: Columbia, MD is very family friendly and has the conveniences that all families needs such as supermarkets, malls, boutique shops, and restaurants. There are many places that you can enjoy outdoor leisure time and never have to worry about personal safety. The community is diverse and allows people to freely enjoy the secret treasures of this bedroom community. What takes it over the top is that there are options for all -- Walmart, Target, Sam's or Costco. A step further, there is Trader Joe's, Mom's and Whole Foods. One can enjoy reading a book at Barnes and Nobles, or having hot tea at the local IHOP. You can walk, jog or run around the lake, or just sit and enjoy the view. And, do not forget to pamper yourself at any number of the spas, nail shops and salons. And the warmer months allow you to enjoy the sounds of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which draws some of the hottest talent and largest crowds! Welcome to Columbia, MD - we are waiting for you...
- 103,663 Population
#38 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Louisiana
- 324 reviews
Current Resident: I am from Lafayette, Louisiana and I absolutely love it here! Lafayette is filled with excellent and loving people. You will always have an excellent experience if people travel here. We are known for our festivities and Creole/Cajun based culture.
- 126,515 Population
#39 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Florida
- 374 reviews
Current Resident: Palm Bay is a wonderful town near Melbourne Fl, a place to get away from chaos. It houses multiple theaters, shopping areas, and its own large conservation area to just barbecue and enjoy scenery. My only complaint is that there are not many activities to do, such as malls or family activities such as escape rooms. However, Orlando,Fl is only an hour drive away!
- 110,271 Population
#40 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in New Mexico
- 507 reviews
Current Resident: This city has a beautiful culture, friendly and lots of potential to be a great city! lots of small businesses, great opportunities to grow but the school system are subpar, and there is generally a large percentage of poverty. Many flaws to focus on, but I will say that it thrives in a beautiful desert and has gorgeous sunsets.
- 101,742 Population
#41 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Arkansas
- 376 reviews
Current Resident: Little Rock is a great place to live, work or visit. I've lived here for ten years now and I couldn't imagine settling in anywhere else. There's a good deal of this or that for everyone and crime is not too bad. The education system is pretty diverse and kids here enjoy going to school about as much as children living anywhere else would. For the most part, I've seen tremendous growth in almost every aspect of the city. From newly paved highways to one of the best hospitals in the country and even electing its first African-American mayor, Little Rock is thriving and well. It's central location makes it minutes away from everything beautiful and grand that the state of Arkansas has to offer. I've visited the landmark Central High School and the Clinton Presidential Center Library numerous times. History and nature are abundant and worth every bit of their unique value. Nowhere's perfect but, trust me, Little is close!
- 198,135 Population
#42 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Georgia
- 985 reviews
Current Resident: I have been living in Atlanta for 18 years now and I absolutely love it! Atlanta is filled with many opportunities and it is very affordable to live there. There are many places to visit and its restaurants are amazing. Not to mention it's fun parks and museums in which I visit every so often. Atlanta has a variety of malls and shops to go to like Lenox Mall, Phipps Plaza, Atlantic Station, etc. The Mercedes Benz Stadium is one of my favorites, they hold all kinds of events there and the view inside the stadium is beautiful. Atlanta is also very diverse, it's very different from any other city I've visited. It's also a great city to go to if you're looking for jobs, because the networking there is extraordinary, you will always run into someone that's in the industry or career field you want to go in.
- 479,655 Population
#43 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Texas
- 345 reviews
Current Resident: I love how the small town that Tyler provides while also having some big city amenities. The Downtown is just gorgeous! Rick’s is one of my favorite places to go! However, the one thing I don’t like about Tyler is the amount of jaywalkers across Broadway. There have been several times when people will just flat out stop in the middle of the road at night without wearing some type of noticeable color on. I almost hit those people because I can’t see them until they get closer to light. It’s really dangerous.
- 103,721 Population
#44 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Alabama
- 689 reviews
Current Resident: Huntsville is without a doubt one of the most safe, fast-growing, and friendly cities in the country. Corporations like engineer-generating NASA and security-enforcing Redstone Arsenal are located right here in Huntsville, promoting impressive technological advancements and safety being of the upmost importance, not to mention the often “Hello!” and friendly wave! The one thing that would enhance Huntsville is more businesses and people living here. The real-estate is fantastic, with low-cost houses, acres of land, safe neighborhoods, academically rated schools and more! If one was to look for an amazing place for friends and family, exciting innovation and academic superiority, an outpouring of creative art, historical sites, beautiful landscapes, farmer-fresh foods, wide-open spaces, crime free zones, and a breath of fresh air, Huntsville is the place to be!
- 193,663 Population
#45 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in North Carolina
- 423 reviews
Current Resident: Wilmington has become overpopulated over the years. The city needs to catch up with the overflow. The cost of living is higher than average. The cost of housing is higher, and the state income is higher. All in all, I've lived in Wilmington and the surrounding area for over 50 years. We have a variety of restaurants, shopping, beaches, hotels, and parks. Some things to sightsee are the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Bellamy Mansion Museum The Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and Jungle Rapids Family park.
Wilmington is a great city!
- 118,094 Population
#46 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Illinois
- 606 reviews
Current Resident: Naperville is a nice town to grow up in! It's big enough where there are a lot of things to do but small enough that you get to know a lot of it's residents and make good connections with people. Unfortunately, the one thing that Naperville lacks is diversity. It has increased it's minority population within the last couple of years but it still lacks the ability to include all those people and make it feel like a more inclusive community
- 147,411 Population
#47 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in North Carolina
- 1,131 reviews
Visitor: Raleigh keeps their communities, stores, parks and streets clean. They are good for transportation with buses, or taxis. A lot of great public schools, especially colleges for furthering education ( ncstate, methodist, William peace etc). There are several affordable places to live/ enjoy and with family/friends (fun activities). I do know they have free events every month, especially around the holidays. I know Raleigh have many restaurants for vegetarians, meat and sweet lovers. The community is very diverse. Majority of the people I have met are friendly and supportive. There are plenty or non-profits/organizations that helps those that are need for assistance. A lot of volunteering occurs as well which is a blessing. The commute isn't too bad as long as you go with the flow of traffic. The police department do their best to get to those on need during on, off call. Overall, I have to say Raleigh is a great place to live, or visit. Its always something great to do there!
- 457,159 Population
#48 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Virginia
- 1,671 reviews
Current Resident: There is a lot of history in Virginia such as Colonial Williamsburg where you can visit the Jamestown Settlement. Virginia Beach is a diverse population due to being a large military city. We offer many tourist attractions at our Oceanfront including whale watching, parasailing, museums, and kayaking. Virginia Beach has many local restaurants using fresh ingredients grown right here at the farms in the area. A landfill turned into a mountain to fly kites on with a children's playground is Virginia Beach's very own Mount Trashmore. Finally, our neighbor cities in Hampton Roads have several shopping and site seeing venues too. There is certainly something to please every taste!
- 450,135 Population
#49 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in Nevada
- 2,461 reviews
Current Resident: Las Vegas has been home since 1986 and it has its ups and downs like any city would. However, Las Vegas is not what people think. There is more to Las Vegas than the Strip (the casinos, gambling, strip joints, drinking, partying). Outside of the strip there are actual homes and working families just enjoying living in an ever growing city. The lake is about an hour and a half away. The mountains are a short drive away and its a beautiful site to see when it is covered in snow. Not to mention, the endless hikes you can take with your family through these beautiful mountains. Some may think that Las Vegas is not an ideal place to raise a family but I have and I wouldn't change it for the world. Las Vegas is what YOU make of it and as long as you remember that there is an outside world from the nightlife that Las Vegas has to offer, you will love it here too. It's like having the best of both worlds!
- 626,637 Population
#50 Best Cities to Retire in America
- City in District of Columbia
- 625 reviews
Current Resident: I absolutely love DC! It has the community element of a smaller town and the appeal of a slightly larger city. There's always something to do here: lots of farmers markets, festivals, all the free museums and attractions, lots of open, free outdoor space. It is easy to stay away from the political bubble, as well, if you're not into that sort of thing. I keep up with the news, but am no way considered a wonk, so it's great to be in a bit of a bubble here and know that people care about many different causes and the state of the world without being overwhelmed. A lot of different non-profits and fields exist here, making it a great place to be professionally. Though it's expensive, the great happy hour + brunch + free activities make it worth it. It's also super diverse, which I love as someone from a Pakistani background!
- 684,498 Population
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