26 Best Places to Retire in America
- City in Texas
Works Here: Living in the Woodlands and working here was a great experience. Everything is pretty close together, a short drive away. The real estate is getting more expensive, but there are a lot of restaurants and shopping opportunities in the Woodlands and surrounding areas. It's also only 40 minutes from downtown via i45! If coming to live here, a gated community is definitely available, but not needed. Many police are out and about in the Woodlands, and it is a generally very safe community. Public schools are generally very safe, clean, and well-taught as well. Keep in mind the area can be a little pricey. Average cost of a dinner for two is about 25-35$.
- 108,373 Population
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- City in California
Current Resident: Torrance is very safe and friendly. Not very diverse because the city has a lot of Asians but everyone is friendly! Schools are very competitive with each other but overall they are all a family. There is sometimes traffic in Torrance on major streets with freeways but there are also streets that often time are not busy at all. The job opportunities are low currently. Haven't seen many places hiring. The food that can be found in Torrance have got to be the best. From ramen or tacos, it's all delicious.
- 147,307 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Best of the small city with attractions, shopping of a larger city.
Two hours from large cities: Dallas/Ft Worth, Abilene, Oklahoma City
NO TRAFFIC, great highway infrastructure.
Great College: MSU tuition below state average and schools has several outstanding degree plans
Giving, Caring community with strong non-profit network, deep pocketed philanthropic supported
Challenges are Jobs - Getting Better
Recession, Drought, Low Oil Prices in rear view mirror - Community moving forward with focus on leveraging Sheppard AFB, MSU, Downtown, Business Community to build a thriving community!
- 105,013 Population
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- City in Georgia
Former Resident: I've been living in Augusta,Georgia all of my life and I must say that it is a wonderful place to grow up. I love Augusta because it is a place where you can raise your children without having to worry so much. The cost of living is nice for the 2nd largest city in Georgia. My only issue is the amount of things to do in South Augusta. Everything nice is usually built in West Augusta. In April, the Master Tournament comes to Augusta and fills our city with new comers and gives the city a whole new vibe. People who visit love it here! Augusta is a great place for those looking to start a family or even retire.
- 196,784 Population
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- City in California
Current Resident: Glendale is a beautiful city, boasting large community parks, lots of free community YMCA andYMWA sponsored programs and classes. Additionally, the city offers you the chance to step back in time! The Americana (developed by Caruso Properties), is a lush outdoor shopping and residential area, complete with synchronized fountain displays, Parisian styled architecture, and the best hits of Frank Sinatra, which play throughout the day or night. I have the benefit of living in Glendale's mountainous community, just south of Montrose, which, in my opinion, is the best part of Glendale! It's beautiful, remote (hard to find in LA), and very family friendly!
- 197,895 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: McAllen, where I was born and bred, the city that shaped me into what I am today. McAllen has evolved over the years into a symbol of growth, with new job opportunities, a strong inclination toward entrepreneurship, an increase in healthcare availability, a rise in tourist attractions, among other great additions. Moreover, the community has cultivated a Tex-Mex culture unlike any other that can make anyone feel at home with its emphasis on family! Yet, there is significant diversity found in the McAllen community. One may visit the southern part of McAllen for some great Mexican delicacies one minute, then completely change one's atmosphere by traveling north of the train tracks. The northern part of McAllen, with its hip cafes and stores, where one may shop until they drop! All in all, McAllen has become a city where everyones' interest can be met.
- 138,475 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: I love all the heart warming and child inviting areas located in the downtown Corpus Christi. The Water Garden is a beautiful attraction for all ages and pet friendly play area. The walking view is extravagant with boats, informative mile markers about the history of Corpus. You also have learning and teaching moments to share as you walk down the side walk of Ocean drive and read the astrology information over the distances of the planets in relation to one another. Corpus offers fine dinning and many family friendly restaurants to choose from on any day or night of the week. This city offers public bus transportation around town and to the neighboring cities to make commute much easier for those without independent transportation. This is a wonderful place to vacation and live in. Come enjoy and evening on the beach to play games, relax, swim, horseback ride and be entertained with live bands on the bay-front.
- 320,050 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: Plano is one of the best cities you can live in Texas. Not only is Plano one of the safest communities, it also has some of the best schools in the nation! One of the cool things about Plano is they have many different stores for specific ethnic backgrounds. The neighborhoods are very nice and are quite affordable. Plano has many biking trails and outdoor parks for exercising and for the kids to play. The best thing about Plano is that it is super close to Dallas. If you ever want to go down to Dallas, it's a quick 15-25 minute drive!
- 279,088 Population
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- City in Louisiana
Nearby Resident: Lafayette is the celebration station of Louisiana: we celebrate a long workweek with vibrant and lively or just laid back night clubs and bars. We celebrate Mardi Gras with more parades than you can count. We celebrate the summer with the Cajun Heartland State Fair. Don't get me started on sports...But every city has its issues. For one, Lafayette's traffic is harsh and is only being exacerbated by the increasing popularity of ULL. Needs better roads! Also, Lafayette is developing a lot of "generic chain establishments", making it look like every other "college city". The city is losing its flair on the day-to-day; I think instead of building so many chain shops and restaurants, that money should've been spent on developing the HECK out of the downtown area because I'm not at all impressed with Lafayette's "daytime downtown" amenities. To end with a good note, it's a GREAT place to raise a family!
- 125,808 Population
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- City in Arizona
Current Resident: Phoenix has its ups and downs like any other place, but overall pretty good in my opinion! Its hot as hell in the summer, but 8 months out of the year, perfect! No snow to shovel, and close enough to snow if you want to visit. Large airport, nice (east valley) suburbs, decent outdoor activities (golf/hike/bike). Arcadia/Camelback-East/Encanto/pretty cool if you are young. Ahwatuckee/N. Phoenix pretty solid for families. West/South Phoenix= YIKES, ghetto. Don't expect downtown Phoenix to be like other major cities as far as nightlife, that revolves around Scottsdale/Tempe.
- 1,555,324 Population
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- City in Florida
Former Resident: I lived in Tampa for three years; from 2009 until 2012, and I absolutely loved it. I moved there from Sarasota, which is about 45 minutes south of Tampa. Sarasota is almost exclusively old people, which makes doing anything miserable. I needed a younger city, and Tampa was it. Renters can find affordable places - I paid $725/month for a two bedroom, two bath apartment including water! That same apartment in Sarasota would go for about $1,400 these days. Tampa, specifically Channelside/Hyde Park, is absolutely perfect for young professionals. If you're young, single, educated, and have a decent job, you would have the time of your life in this city. On the other hand, there are tons of communities around Tampa that are excellent for families. Plus, the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater metro area has anything you could want, all within reach.
- 361,477 Population
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- City in Texas
Current Resident: In the 9 years I have lived here, I have made some long lasting friends. The people are friendly and are willing to help out with anything that you might ask. I have been involved with one of the local FFA organizations, the kids and parents have taught me so much about animals, their care and the showmanship. For the most part, the city is clean, but you do have the shadier side as you would in all major cities. The choice of restaurants is quite diverse - from ethnic to all kinds of fast foods. I really like living in Amarillo and can't see myself moving any place in the near future!
- 197,570 Population
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- City in Kansas
Current Resident: Topeka has several options for many age groups. There are family centered activities as well as singles, young married, and more mature adults through Parks and Rec, the Topeka Public Library, NOTO district, a few bars, some great local restaurants that are always recommended by Topeka residents. Topeka has really stepped up their game and added monthly art walks, food truck rallies, spruced up the downtown curb appeal, and includes many new, fun activities to the calendar. Also, it's in a great location! Topeka is just 45 minutes from Manhattan, 30 minutes from Lawrence, and 1 hour from Kansas City. So, without the big city living, it's just a quick drive to many more adventures like college sporting events, concerts, date nights, and friend outings to keep life interesting.
- 127,472 Population
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- City in South Carolina
Current Resident: Charleston is the most beautiful city a person can visit or live in. There are so many things to do, especially outdoors. If you are a history buff, there are so many places that will catch your eye. You can go to the beach or you can go take a tour of a plantation. Options are endless! Lowcountry food is amazing, especially in downtown Charleston. In downtown you can sight-see, shop, eat, walk around, take tours, carriage rides, etc.
- 129,888 Population
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- City in California
Current Resident: Burbank is a great city to grow up in, and a great city to raise a family. Very safe neighborhood with a small-town feel, but close enough to Los Angeles and other cities that you still get city-living-perks. All public schools are staffed with incredible educators and hands-on administrators. City center has multiple movie theatres, large mall, chain restaurants, family-owned restaurants, and boutiques. Access to work is basically unlimited; many major motion picture and television companies are based in Burbank, CA and are constantly looking to hire. Other fields of work like hospitality, retail, engineering, and childcare are also in high demand for hire. Diversity is really high compared to other cities in the area. Healthy living is heavily promoted, from farmer's markets to bike paths and public access to gyms, tracks, and pools. Overall, Burbank is an incredible place to live! Anyone would be lucky to be a resident of this amazing town.
- 104,583 Population
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- City in Missouri
Current Resident: Springfield, Missouri is somewhat new to me but I have been here long enough to encourage others to come live in this diverse city. There are multiple restraunts that offer diverse foods, such as Mexican food, Italian food, soul food, you name it! The people are extremely friendly and make you feel right at home if you are from out of country or state just as I am.
- 165,138 Population
42 Best Places to Retire in America
- City in California
Former Resident: Although people often joke that there are more cows than people it is still home. Located in central California it allows for more opportunities to travel. It may be small, but the people are fun and family-oriented. You will see a lot of dairies and emphasis on agriculture in town; however, it is a great place to raise a family. It is definitely a smaller town, but it is so close to Sequoia National Park and it is only about a 3-hour drive to Disneyland. Actually, it's about a 3-hour drive to Disneyland, San Luis Obispo, and San Francisco! This town is growing and will continue to develop, but its roots lie in farming and family-oriented values. Do not be shy and come visit! Have some coffee at Tazzaria or even check out the amazing tacos at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant!
- 128,738 Population
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- City in Illinois
Current Resident: Springfield is a pretty average city, with a bignore population. Springfield has a variety of public schools, even a few private schools. It's also very family friendly. Not to much crime goes on here. Springfield has a pretty decent night life if you like bars and clubs. Thinking about visiting springfield, I'd say it's worth it. Filled with tourist attractions. Come visit!
- 116,745 Population
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- City in Arizona
Former Resident: Tempe is interesting for sure. The ASU campus/central location in Metro Phoenix make it very lively, young, and a hot bed/mecca for future jobs. Mill Avenue has tons of bars for the college kids, and you can find some divey places with young professionals. It does have a ton of traffic, but it is also connected by rail. It is for sure and by far the most progressive part of Phoenix. The neighborhoods are nice with historical homes. Not a whole lot to offer for outdoor activity, but its excellent for you bikers. Next best place for young people besides Scottsdale!
- 174,708 Population
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- City in Iowa
Current Resident: I've lived in Cedar Rapids for my entire life. Although I admittedly haven't explored every nook and cranny, especially because I live on the outer edge of town, several spots stick out to me. We have an OrangeLeaf, a Noodles and Company, and Roscoe's Pizza fairly close to us. The former two are franchises, of course, but the employees and general manager respectively are very helpful and caring. The latter is an independent restaurant, formerly a Tomaso's franchise. Jason there is also very kind and even helped us develop a pizza that featured on the menu once he opened Roscoe's!
- 129,537 Population
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- City in California
Former Resident: Wonderful city nestled next to the beach. You are far enough from down town SanDiego to enjoy the night life there (accessible by the Coaster - if you don't want to drive). But it also has it's own party/bar scene in the downtown area. Just wear your jeans and flip-flops and you'll fit right it. Lots of great Mexican food choices -- go to Garcia's! Go for a walk on the boardwalk and enjoy a sunset. Or go hiking in the hills a bit more inland. Yes, LEGOLAND is there but unless you have a five year old, it's not worth the money (Everything is sun/water damaged and needs spruced up, which I would expect they do with the money they get) - you're better off with a free day at the beach.
- 112,008 Population
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- City in New Mexico
Current Resident: Although it offers more than just the 'basics' for a college town, there are some aspects of this desert city needing improvement. The selection of college-oriented entertainment and restaurants is relatively slim and nightlife offerings are minimal. The town does, however, provide a very affordable environment to reside in with practically no traffic congestion. The intersection of two major interstates in Las Cruces provides easy access to larger cities in the area. For younger students, Las Cruces offers a simple, affordable solution to obtaining higher education. For older students or those with families, Las Cruces offers a more-than-adequate selection of housing, shopping, healthcare, and schools. It's proximity to El Paso, Texas, allows quick access to an international airport and expanded shopping experiences. Overall, Las Cruces is a great location to settle and raise a family, obtain an advanced education, or start a business.
- 101,459 Population
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- City in Hawaii
Current Resident: Honolulu is a wonderful city for friendly and social people. Common social activities include hiking, beach activities, eating out at a mom and pop restaurant, visiting indigenous Hawaiian sites, a variety of outdoor sports, annual festivities, and so forth. The options seem almost endless.
There is a warm spirit of "aloha" here, which is a Hawaiian term that represents a multitude of meanings, love being a common definition. The people tend to be friendly and open to light conversation. This is an extension of the local culture.
The main concern to be prepared for when visiting or relocating to Hawaii is that many regions are expensive, in regards to living expenses and real estate. The fact that Hawaii consists of islands makes it difficult to develop more real estate beyond its capabilities. Be mentally prepared to spend more than you're used to for food, necessities, rent, a mortgage, and so forth. Otherwise, you'll find that you'll enjoy your time in the sun here!
- 401,470 Population
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- City in Alabama
Current Resident: Beautiful Mobile has something to offer people of every culture and lifestyle. In the 2 years I've lived here I've been able to connect with fellow veterans at the USS Alabama, my son has had endless fun at the various family friendly parks around the city, and my husband is able to fish for days on the bay or lakes. When family comes to visit, there's no shortage of sites to see or stores to visit. Nothing beats a perfectly warm Saturday morning strolling the historical streets of downtown lined with quaint small businesses. For those looking for 21+ up, beautiful and lively Dauphin St is waiting. Complete with twinkle lights that line the street like a canopy, Dauphin and the surrounding streets offer clubs, country bars, and chill dive bars. You'll never be at a loss for fun here! When I arrived here in the middle of June from Alaska, I couldn't wait to leave and get back to a colder climate. While I still long for snow, I can honestly say I will miss all that Mobile has to offer.
- 193,717 Population
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- City in Louisiana
Current Resident: I love Shreveport LA. I can't do nothing but love Shreveport this is where I'm from. My family is here! Shreveport Is A Melting Pot Of Southern Culture. Even big foot hangs out in Shreveport.lol. You can do just about anything you wanna do in Shreveport ,its so much to do here.
The “Once In A Millennium Moon Mega Mural” is the pride and joy of Shreveport highlighting the city’s triumphs, tragedies, and timeless treasures. It’s also one of the country’s biggest public arts murals, covering 25,000 square feet. It’s a must-see in Shreveport and once you move here you’ll be quick to brag about it.
- 198,571 Population