If you are getting ready to retire, you are probably flooded with an array of emotions. You have been working your entire life to get to the point where you can do absolutely anything you want. While this should be a refreshing thought, it is actually pretty stressful because now you have a lot of decisions to make, starting with where you should move to. You can start the next chapter in your life wherever you want, so it should be somewhere that has the most to offer you.
Interestingly, the generation before the baby boomers all flocked mainly to Florida, but things are a little different now. The baby boomers are a more active population, so they are not necessarily satisfied with sunshine, golf courses and retirement communities. Everyone has their own idea of what their perfect place would have to offer, but below are a few locations that are topping the list of many retirees.
- Boone, North Carolina – Both of the Carolinas have become popular retirement destinations. There is a sub-tropical climate, affordable home prices and taxes and a rich social culture, but Boone, North Carolina is definitely a hot spot right now. Whether you plan on hitting the slopes in retirement or not, who can resist a daily view of the Blue Ridge Mountains? There are endless opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well. This is a small town with only about 14,000 residents, but definitely one worth considering, if you can afford the median home price of about $215,250.
- Austin-Round Rock, Texas – Statistics show that the number of residents over the age of 65 has increased by 53 percent since 2000. They are coming from somewhere! Have you considered moving to the most southern part of the United States? With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and tons of green space, museums, sporting events, shopping opportunities and exceptional restaurants, you may find this Texan city has more to offer than you think.
- Flagstaff, Arizona – Year-round pleasant weather means that you can make every day of retirement count, even if you just work in the garden or sip lemonade on the patio. It rarely gets above 90 degrees and the humidity is low, which makes it a desirable location for those with breathing problems and other health concerns that are bothered by extreme weather.
- Boise City, Idaho – CNN Money voted Boise City as one of the 25 Best Places to Retire. This is especially true if you live for arts and culture. The Boise Art Museum, a philharmonic orchestra, opera house and even a 770-seat outdoor amphitheater is found here. There is a mild year-round climate and crime rate is low. Idaho has more to offer than just potatoes!
- Walnut Creek, California – If you have considered moving to California when you retire, Walnut Creek may be a city you want to explore. A quarter of the population here is made up of retirees. There are 22 parks, organic eateries and high-end shops. People here like to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Pittsfield, Massachusetts – If you are entering into retirement single, Pittsfield is the place you want to move to. The majority of the retirement population is single and looking to mingle. The city is even full of event planners that can set you up for coffee, dinner or a night on the town.
- Tallahassee, Florida – Do you want to move somewhere for retirement, but you are not really sure if you can afford it? Housing prices are down about 91 percent, making it a very desirable location for retirees to move in. The city has everything a baby boomer could want from low food and gas prices to sunny weather to exceptional healthcare.