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The 10 Brainiest Retirement Communities

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

While some might think this list is primarily for eggheads, consider for a moment the popularity of college towns for retirement. Increasingly retirees want to retire to a place where they can keep their brain engaged. This list from U.S. News & Word Report gives you some “brainy” places to consider.

Here are U.S. News’ brainiest places to retire:

* Ann Arbor, MI
* Berkeley, CA
* Boulder, CO
* Brookline, MA
* Chapel Hill, N.C.
* Hoboken, N.J. (suburb of New York)
* Lake Oswego, OR (suburb of Portland)
* Reston, VA (near Washington)
* Upper St. Clair, PA (suburb of Pittsburgh)
* West Lafayette, IN (Purdue University)

Most of these towns are college towns. Others have colleges nearby, or have many highly educated people who live in town (hence Upper St. Clair, Pa., which has 29 colleges nearby, including Carnegie-Mellon University and Washington & Jefferson College). Others, like Hoboken, Brookline, or Lake Oswego are near major cities like New York, Boston, or Portland.

Missing in Action
We are always curious how these big magazines make their selections. While all of these towns are appropriate, how could they have overlooked some of these places reviewed at Topretirements, where Ph.Ds are as common as college grads in other towns:
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Claremont, California

Note: If the city is shown as a link it goes to the Topretirements review of that town.

Posted by Boomer1 on June 10th, 2008


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