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What Traverse City is like for active adults

Traverse City, Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the World,” enjoys a reputation as one of the top arts towns in the country. It has become popular retirement community for active adults in northern Michigan because in addition to arts and music, it has terrific golf, skiing, and other outdoor activities on Lake Michigan. Traverse City is also all about water - it is on Grand Traverse Bay and connected to it by the Boardman River and Boardman Lake. The fishing is some of the tops in the U.S. In 2005, the Traverse City Micropolitan Statistical Area was the 13th largest in the United States, with a population estimate of 141,011. The campus of Northwestern Michigan College is here. Traverse City is the seat of Grand Traverse County. The historic downtown area of Traverse City has great shops, restaurants, and offices. New building construction downtown has been active resulting in River's Edge, Harbor View Centre, Radio Centre Phases 1 and 2, and a parking deck.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Active adults over 50 will find plenty of housing options in this community. Slightly inexpensive (and rustic) cabins are located in the woods near the water. Small lots on the water are available in the $200’s. There are older homes downtown or in new developments.  According to , the median selling price of Traverse City homes offered in mid 2014 was a little below $140,000.  Many of the homes offered for higher prices are on the water.

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What is special about this retirement community

The National Cherry festival is held each July; Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; many festivals throughout the year, including the Traverse City Film Festival; numerous golf and ski resorts; Fantastic boating and beaches; 13 museums including the Bellaire Historical Museum, and the Grand Traverse Art Center & Gallery; convenient airport; very walkable community.

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What is not special about this retirement community

It's cold in the winter. It is a small town far from anywhere.

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What kinds of people like retiring here
Traverse City draws in active adults who are interested in living in a small town with a rich cultural arts environment. They are also interested in its access to the water, and outdoor activities such as skiing and golf.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism and agriculture. The downtown functions as the major commercial nexus for a seven-county area.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Traverse City is located at the head of the Grand Traverse Bay on the 20 mile long Old Mission Peninsula. It is in northern Michigan.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Traverse City area is one of the top fine arts communities in the nation. The Interlochen Center for the Arts (13 miles south of Traverse City) offers 750 concerts, visual art exhibits and theater and dance productions annually. Some of the other busy cultural venues include the Music House Museum, Old Town Playhouse, Dennos Museum Center on the Northwestern Michigan College campus, Encore Society of Music, and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Many artists live and work here with over 21 galleries in the area. The City Opera House was recently restored and provides a variety of entertainment.
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The crime rate in Traverse City is just below the national average.

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Medical facilities
Munson Medical Center is the regional medical referral center serving patients from 32 counties
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Cherry Capitol Airport has regular service to Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis. The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) serves most of the Grand Traverse region with dial-a-ride services and a bus service
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  • State: MI
  • Environment: College Town,Lake,Small Town,Boating Community,Biking Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: retirementguy

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