AARP Issues “Best Retirement Communities” List

Category: Active adult communities

July 27 — Every publisher likes to issue “best lists” for the simple reason that all of us like reading them. This week the AARP got in the act, joining Money Magazine and others, with a list of “5 Great Places to Retire”. Somewhat surprising was the fact that 4 out of the 5 communities were cities, with the 5th being a suburb of a big city.

Making the top 5 were: (if available, the Topretirements.com review is linked below):

Atlanta Georgia – Livable southern city with volunteer opportunities and culture
Portland Oregon -Great for cycling, this environmentally friendly center has a young and vibrant atmosphere
Chandler Arizona – This suburb of Phoenix has well designed parks and trails
Boston Massachusetts – This great old city has charm, culture – and its a walkable city too.
Milwaukee Wisconsin – Urban renewal and lakeside frontage on Lake Michigan are attracting baby boomer retirees to its downtown condos

AARP explained its choices by saying it was looking for places that were ahead of the curve. Even though cities “tend to have higher housing costs and taxes …. the tradeoff is that they have the resources to invest in the programs and services that make a place livable: mass-transit systems so people can drive less, expanded sidewalks to encourage walking, better health care, and a wide range of mixed-use housing.” Here is a link to the AARP best places to retire article

Links:
Top 10 Values in Retirement Communities

100 best places to retire

Posted by Boomer1 on July 27th, 2007

1 Comment »

  1. We love New England and wish to spend time enjoying the seasons. While we don’t want to spend the entire winter in the cold weather, the summers, autumn and spring are lovely. We have purchased a small home in the lovely historic town of Walpole NH. It is a sweet town with an upscale feel about it. There are plenty of people who are from “away”, a couple of nice eateries, several farms that provide fresh food, a nice winery. We will still spend plenty of time in the warm weather probably choosing different areas each year. Walpole is a perfect find for our needs. We look forward to many years in this lovely town.

    by Maggie — October 15, 2014

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