10 Reasons Why A City Might Be Your Best Place to Retire

Retirement is a chance at a do-over on life. If a city is your dream place to retire, here are 10 great reasons to go ahead and do it!

14-December-2015 – Key West, FL – For a surprising number of baby boomers the best place to retire is not in an active community with a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, or clubhouse. Instead, many surprise their friends by moving from the suburbs to a city when it comes time to retire. Topretirements.com believes that retirement is a chance at a do-over on life. If retiring to a city is your dream, here are 10 great places to go ahead and do it! For the full article with links go to "10 Reasons Why A City Might Be Your Best Place to Retire"

So many advantages:

Cultural choices. Everyday in the city you face a challenge– which museum, gallery, sporting event, concert, lecture, book talk, walking tour – etc. will it be today?Perhaps you are crazy about food. Most cities have far more restaurants than you could ever hope to sample. New ones open up everyday with every type of cuisine.
Shopping that never ends. Department stores or emporiums for antiques, rugs, jewelery, bric-brac, books, art, clothes – one of the joys of city living is the amazing variety and quality of things to admire or buy.
Socialization. In the city you’ll get to meet interesting people who are very different than you will find in the suburbs.
Ditch the automobile. Getting in the car to go everywhere is a pain in the suburbs. In the city you can get around using a subway or bus. Or rediscover the fun of walking. As you age and driving becomes problematic, public transportation insures you can get out and about safely.
Low maintenance. In your condo or rental apartment there is no need to find a roofer, someone to clean out the gutters, shovel snow, cut grass, or paint the house.
Livability. All of these benefits add up to livability – the ability to live your life in retirement with a minimum of hassles and a maximum of enjoyment. Best of all, the livability advantages in the city increase as you age.

“For a surprising number of baby boomers the ideal retirement is not in an active community with a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, or clubhouse. Instead, many surprise their friends by moving from the suburbs to a city when it comes time to retire.Top retirements.com believes that retirement is a chance at a do-over on life. If retiring to a city is your dream, here are 10 great reasons to go ahead and do it!”


Some Disadvantages too

Costs. Some cities like New York and San Francisco are out of range except for people with ample resources. But there are many livable cities where a modest apartment can be purchased or rented for about the same as what you might get for your house in an affluent suburb.
Crowding, noise, smells. Living in the city isn’t for everybody. Some people can’t get used to crowds or the noise and strange smells.
Crime. Crime figures can be very hard to decipher – violent crime and gangs tend to be in neighborhoods you might never visit. But if you choose your neighborhood carefully you might feel like you live in a small town.

10 Great Cities for Retirement
Boulder, Colorado. This Rocky Mountain city is very attractive, but a bit on the expensive side. You can retire downtown in a mixed use development, and take the elevator down to a restaurant!
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The scale and layout of this western PA city makes it so attractive. Along with multiple universities and affordable living.
New Haven, Connecticut. You have Yale, Long Wharf Theater, wine bars and restaurants. Bored – hop on Metro North and arrive in Grand Central Terminal an hour and half later!
Long Beach, California. Long Beach, with its population over 600,000, has miles of beaches and even commuter trains to LA. It enjoys a very high walkability score.
Portland, Oregon. Chances are you know someone who has retired to either Portland or Seattle for the lifestyle. Restaurants, recreation, bookstores (think Powells), coffee, and unbelievable biking.
Santa Barbara, California. This California city mid-way up the coast is especially beautiful, with a fantastic main street that ends at the ocean. Thanks to the nearby wineries, it is a foodies’ paradise.
Sarasota, Florida. Something is always something going on in this city with walkable neighborhoods, including its outstanding museums
Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s a top candidate for most under-rated city. Tulsa is considered Oklahoma’s cultural and arts center, home to two world-renowned art museums and professional opera and ballet companies.
Greenville, South Carolina. The downtown has been the subject of intense and successful redevelopment efforts It won Great American Main Street awards from the National Trust for Historical Preservation in 2003 and 2009.
Portland, Maine. This small city is a foodie’s paradise packed with great restaurant, not to mention the fabulous Maine coastline.

Bottom Line

It's your retirement, so why not live it to the fullest. If you want to live life at the center of the universe, the urban retirement lifestyle just might be for you.

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