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Best small towns for retirees in every state

  • Best small towns for retirees in every state

    Working day-in and day-out in one of America’s biggest metropolitan areas can prove to be incredibly stressful on its own, and it certainly does not help to come home to a loud, bustling apartment building shared by hundreds. Senior citizens are especially eager to abandon this lifestyle as 75 percent of baby boomers want the next home they purchase to be 1-story tall and 55 percent of retirees prefer a suburban environment when it eventually comes time to settle down for good. Since smaller, tighter-knit communities offer less mobility and fewer immediately accessible resources and amenities, deciding on a suburban retirement location can require a very fine-tuned analysis.

    In seeking to help prospective retirees, Stacker referenced Niche’s Best Places to Retire study in order to list America’s 50 small towns which offer the best retirement. Only towns with a population of less than 40,000 were considered for the ranking, which Niche calculated according to a retiree representation, weather quality, cost and safety, access to healthy living, and a handful of other factors explained in detail here. For each town, we’ve included the town’s resident population as well as Niche-calculated grades for the overall quality of the town, the cost of living (along with figures for median home value and median rent), diversity, and quality of outdoor activities. 

    Read on to see which small towns are the best spots to retire in America.

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  • Alabama: Orange Beach

    Population: 5,791
    Overall grade: B+
    Cost of living grade: B (Median home value: $248,200; Median rent: $836)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Outdoor activities grade: B+

  • Alaska: Soldotna

    Population: 4,471
    Overall grade: B
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $223,000; Median rent: $1,019)
    Diversity grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: B

  • Arizona: Green Valley

    Population: 22,249
    Overall grade: B
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $162,200; Median rent: $1,010)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Outdoor activities grade: C+

  • Arkansas: Cherokee Village

    Population: 4,669
    Overall grade: B-
    Cost of living grade: A- (Median home value: $76,600; Median rent: $686)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Outdoor activities grade: C+

  • California: Kensington

    Population: 5,602
    Overall grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C- (Median home value: $805,200; Median rent: $1,994)
    Diversity grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: A

  • Colorado: Holly Hills

    Population: 2,684
    Overall grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $342,100; Median rent: $1,784)
    Diversity grade: B
    Outdoor activities grade: A

  • Connecticut: Essex

    Population: 6,594
    Overall grade: A-
    Cost of living grade: C (Median home value: $363,600; Median rent: $1,165)
    Diversity grade: B-
    Outdoor activities grade: B

  • Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

    Population: 1,119
    Overall grade: A
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $842,800; Median rent: $1,008)
    Diversity grade: C
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

  • Florida: Whiskey Creek

    Population: 5,011
    Overall grade: A
    Cost of living grade: B+ (Median home value: $203,300; Median rent: $1,090)
    Diversity grade: C+
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

  • Georgia: Avondale Estates

    Population: 3,095
    Overall grade: A+
    Cost of living grade: B- (Median home value: $300,200; Median rent: $1,146)
    Diversity grade: B+
    Outdoor activities grade: A-

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