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Best places to retire on the East Coast

  • #30. Parole, MD

    - Population: 16,084 (16% age 55-64 and 32% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $96,612
    - Housing: $426,400 median household value and $1,830 median rent

    In Anne Arundel County, Parole is a suburb of Annapolis. It's home to great shopping area, but also has a rich history. Although some may think its name was derived from convicted felons, it actually came from Civil War prisoners and Camp Parole.
     

     

     

  • #29. Ocean View, DE

    - Population: 2,150 (15% age 55-64 and 41% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $73,397
    - Housing: $337,600 median household value and $1,189 median rent

    The small town of Ocean View is a beachfront community. As its name suggests, many Ocean View residents have stunning views of the ocean. One mile west of Bethany Beach are outdoor recreational activities, including boating.
     

     

     

  • #28. Garrett Park, MD

    - Population: 1,020 (15% age 55-64 and 19% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $173,889
    - Housing: $810,000 median household value and $1,857 median rent

    The arboretum town of Garrett Park has a small-town feel in the middle of the suburbs. Named for Robert W. Garrett, president of the B&O Railroad, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
     

     

     

  • #27. Manhasset, NY

    - Population: 7,922 (13% age 55-64 and 18% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $130,433
    - Housing: $1,019,300 median household value and $1,402 median rent

    Only 18 miles away from Manhattan, Manhasset is a town brimming with community spirit and home to family-friendly parades. Along with a bustling downtown, Manhasset also has boutiques and a shopping center.
     

     

     

  • #26. Woodbury, NY

    - Population: 8,684 (15% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $166,568
    - Housing: $831,100 median household value and $2,367 median rent

    Dubbed “Gateway to Orange County,” Woodbury is a community brimming with natural beauty and lots of shopping. The Schunnemunk Mountain and Woodbury Creek that weave through the valley create the ideal backdrop. It is the home of Woodbury Premium Outlets, which features over 220 upscale shops.
     

     

     

  • #25. Pine Knoll Shores, NC

    - Population: 1,409 (24% age 55-64 and 41% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $76,771
    - Housing: $364,200 median household value and $1,101 median rent

    Pine Knoll Shores is best known for its pristine beaches and natural beauty. Those who enjoy kayaking, hiking, and exploring nature will adore this coastal town. Favorite things to do include a visit to the aquarium and Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area.
     

     

     

  • #24. Great Neck Gardens, NY

    - Population: 1,240 (4% age 55-64 and 15% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $195,865
    - Housing: $892,700 median household value and National$949 median rent

    A welcome respite from the hustle of New York City, Great Neck is a charming and welcoming collection of nine villages. On Long Island's North Shore, it was the setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic “Great Gatsby.”
     

     

     

  • #23. Southern Shores, NC

    - Population: 2,829 (16% age 55-64 and 36% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $96,912
    - Housing: $446,500 median household value and $1,710 median rent

    In North Carolina's Outer Banks, Southern Shores is is one mile wide and four miles long. Along with natural splendor, the coastal area boasts beaches, golf, and dining, and is close to two major shopping centers.
     

     

     

  • #22. Fearrington Village, NC

    - Population: 2,784 (9% age 55-64 and 77% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $70,370
    - Housing: $305,200 median household value and $963 median rent

    Close to Chapel Hill but a world of its own, Fearrington is a beautiful community located on historic farmland. The country village features woodlands and fields, a barnyard, gardens, shops, restaurants, and an inn.
     

     

     

  • #21. St. James, NC

    - Population: 4,747 (27% age 55-64 and 66% age 65+)
    - Median household income: $105,486
    - Housing: $450,200 median household value and $1,836 median rent

    Incorporated in 1999, St. John is a new town a few miles from Southport. The lively community features a beach club and marina, along with golf courses, tennis courts, and swimming pools.
     

     

     

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