If you’re retiring soon, you may be looking for a new place to call home. The number of retirees moving has increased in recent years, as people relocate to be closer to family, for leisure activities, and yes, for nicer weather. Top destinations tend to have an existing population of retirees that provides resources and infrastructure, lower taxes and housing costs than the US average, and quality health care. Here are five of the top retirement destinations for 2018.
Sarasota, Florida: Long a top destination for retirees, Florida has the highest US population over 65, at 19%. And decades of retirees have provided infrastructure and social programs retirees look for, like health programs, activities, and communities with a slower pace. Of course, the weather doesn’t hurt.
San Antonio, TX: With the warm, dry climate, the beautiful river walk, and a lively social scene, San Antonio is a great destination for almost anyone. For retirees, the lack of state taxes plus the quality healthcare make it a good option.
Greenville, SC: Greenville is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Located in upstate South Carolina, Greenville is cooler in the hot summer months thanks to the mountains. With low housing costs and plenty of outdoor attractions, including new parks and trails, Greenville is a great place for physically active seniors.
Charlotte, NC: If you’re looking for an active, outdoorsy place to retire, Charlotte is a good choice. It’s about halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the Outer Banks. The Charlotte area is home to world class golfing, and In addition to a lower than average cost of living, Social Security income is exempt from state income taxes.
Tucson, AZ: This is one of the fastest growing retirement communities in the nation, and has lots to offer retirees. In addition to a 300 warm, dry days a year, there are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Saguaro National Park is nearby, and there are plenty of hiking trails in the mountains that ring the city. With a relaxed western vibe, good public transit and high walkability, Tucson offers a relaxed and easy going retirement.
One surprising feature of top retirement destinations is that they’re very often college towns. Universities provide cultural opportunities, like museums and performances, as well as sporting events. College towns usually have a slower pace, better than average walkability, and, if there’s a medical school attached to the university, good healthcare. Of the top five destinations last year, only Sarasota lacks a major university.
Wherever you decide to retire, if a move is in your near future, you’ll need a good moving partner to help you accomplish it.