Retirement brings a new set of living option opportunities for retirees, but it isn’t always easy finding a place that meets all the criteria. Online surveys of adults 45 and over helped determine the most common things that people consider when moving after retirement: housing affordability, desirability, happiness, taxes, the job market, and access to top-quality hospitals. Based on those criteria, here is a look at 3 top places to retire.
Lancaster, PA is the perfect retirement place for history enthusiasts. The 15th United States President, James Buchanan, lived in Lancaster in his home, Wheatland. It is now a civil war era station that focuses on the underground railroad and several surviving buildings built in the 1700’s.
Lancaster is the birthplace to Peeps; a marshmallow confectionery treat most commonly eaten during Easter. Lancaster also shares land with people living in a different time, the Amish. Using only horses and buggies to get around, taking a look into the life of an Amish person is an extraordinary experience unique to the area. Lancaster also claims to have the country’s oldest farmers market, Lancaster Central Market.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Artists and art lovers: this is the retirement place for you. The city features multiple art centers and schools, such as Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The entire city becomes a giant art gallery once a year as local, visitors, and art experts come together to vote to decide who will win the ArtPrize and $500,000 in awards.
In comparison to New York or Santa Fe, New Mexico, Grand Rapid’s living prices aren’t as high. For example, the median housing costs for renters is about $726 per month and $1,126 per month for homeowners. There are also notable healthcare providers; Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Mercy Health St. Mary’s Campus.
Falls Church, Virginia
As with both of the previous retirement places, this one speaks to a specific audience as well: golf lovers! This suburb has more than 160 golf courses within 30 miles of the town. Within the hundred plus golf courses, there is a wide array of public golf courses, modestly priced municipal courses, military courses, and old-money private golf courses. Local favorites are the Golf Club at Lansdowne, which has 45 holes of Championship golf, and Potomac Shores Golf Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus, a golf legend.