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10 Most Popular Retirement Towns Announced

Category: Active adult communities

Madison CT — August 15 — Topretirements has been curious to see which towns and cities its visitors are most interested in learning more about. The results offer significant insight into what active adults think are the best towns to retire to. The top profile is generally: small town or city, Sunbelt location, vital downtown, usually with a college or university in town.

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Here are the top 10 most popular retirement towns as tallied by

1. Asheville, NC
2. Paris, TN
3. Old Saybrook, CT
4. Oxford, OH
5. Sarasota, FL
6. Halifax, Nova Scotia
7. Prescott, AZ
8. Green Valley, AZ
9. Athens, GA
10. Winston-Salem, NC

North Carolina and Arizona each had 2 towns in the Top 10. The only 2 communities not in the Sunbelt were Old Saybrook, CT and Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). Arizona is the only state west of the Mississippi to be represented on the current list. Visits were tallied between January 1 and August 1, 2007.

To a certain extent this survey is more about people’s pre-conceptions about where they would like to retire than where they actually might put down their roots. Certain towns and cities (like Paris, TN or Athens, GA) have good word of mouth about their retirement desirability. While other towns are probably just as attractive because of their amenities, cost of living, and climate (e.g.; Leesville, LA or Las Cruces, NM)
without a strong marketing buzz they have to fight harder to get a share of the lucrative retirement market.

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Posted by Boomer1 on August 15th, 2007


  1. […] Airy among’s top communities By Editor, “where active people 55-plus can find the best place to retire,” ranks Mount Airy […]

    by Surry Business - For and about business in Surry County, N.C., including Dobson, Elkin, Lowgap, Pilot Mountain and Mount Airy » Mount Airy among’s top communities — August 16, 2007

  2. OK what is so special about Green Valley AZ? My husband loves AZ! I am not so convinced, but I am open to suggestions/advise. I want warm weather year round, golf, some water access, restaurants, shopping, & a reasonable place to live. Does Green Valley accept the challenge?

    by Cindy — July 23, 2010

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