When choosing the best destination city for your retirement, many factors come into play — but Boomers are becoming defined by wanting more from their retirement cities.
Today’s retirees are looking to areas with added learning experiences, and are seeking more diverse climates, demographics and activities for their golden years.
With that in mind, Livability.com ranked the best retirement cities in the US. The magazine site worked with the Martin Prosperity Institute to examine the data in the survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.
As the site notes, “Many of our picks have colleges that provide residents with continuing education opportunities, and often free or discounted classes, lectures and workshops for senior citizens. The cities we found all fall into the midsize range with populations between 90,000 and 320,000 residents.”
Check them out.
#5 Best Retirement Cities: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
With a large concentration of older adults, coupled with great neighborhoods and loads of activities, Pittsburgh ranks No. 5 on Livability’s best cities to retire list. The city ranked high in hospitals and activities for retirees. Community festivals, pubs and great parks rounded out this northern city.
#4 Best Retirement Cities: Provo, Utah
A city for the health conscience, Provo offers a college-town feel with that small town vibe. Numerous continuing education courses at local colleges and universities abound, as do the outdoor activities. Ski, hike, fish — all in a conservative area that touts its focus on family.
#3 Best Retirement Cities: Baton Rouge, Louisinana
Way down south you’ll find a state that’s good on its low-tax rate, offers great weather, and city activities while experiencing a small-town vibe. With a university to keep that youthful feeling riding high, the city boasts parks, stunning gardens and golf — all within your reach.
#2 Best Retirement Cities: St. Louis, Missouri
With a great cultural scene — along with thrilling sporting events at every turn — St. Louis is a destination for those looking for a little extra. The Gateway to the West nabbed high marks for its neighborhoods, as well as outdoor activities like boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, golfing — the list goes on and on.
#1 Best Retirement Cities: Cincinnati, Ohio
A nearly $3 billion infusion into its downtown redevelopment has brought new life and spark to Cincinnati. The Queen City boats great dining, music, and cultural opportunities like great museums at every turn. The sporting enthusiasts here are fiercely loyal — and with so much to see and do, retirees may never tire of walking the city to explore.