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Best places to retire in the Midwest

Last year, 1.2 million people aged 55 and older in the United States moved to a different state, setting a record. Retirees are looking outside of their locales for a place to settle down, and reports show that the Midwest is becoming more attractive to those who are searching for a place to relax in their golden years.

People approaching retirement look at five different components when scouting for locations: proximity to family and friends, affordability, health-care accessibility, weather, and crime.

And while sunny Florida might come first to mind as a retirement spot that meets those criteria, the Midwestern United States is becoming an increasingly popular place for retirees. Of the top five states to retire, one study ranked Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota in the top four. Out of those states, Missouri is the most affordable, which checks an important box for those living on a fixed income. Certain states, like Nebraska, also have decidedly cheaper Medicare plans compared to Florida.

That low cost of living—which is harder to find along the coasts—can sweeten the deal even more for people who don’t have plentiful savings. Baby boomers are predicted to have less in retirement savings compared to previous generations, and the average amount the generation has tucked away comes out to about $209,000.

Often, homes in the Midwest are cheaper than their counterparts in other areas of the U.S. In Traverse City, Mich., one of the fastest-growing retirement destinations, retirees are even purchasing older cottages or buying plots of land to build a home from scratch.

To determine the best places to retire in the Midwest, Stacker took the 2019 rankings from Niche of the best places to retire in all the United States and selected towns, cities, and suburbs with over 5,000 people in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Those towns were then ranked based on their original placement in the Niche rankings. It’s important to note that Niche ranked places based on several weighted factors, including the number of residents 65 and older, the cost of living, crime rates, nearby amenities such as doctors' offices and restaurants, and weather.

Read on to find out the best places to retire in the heart of the U.S.

You may also like: Best places to retire on the East Coast

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#50. Montgomery, OH

- Population: 10,587 (16% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)
- Median household income: $115,489
- Housing: $343,800 median household value and $1,073 median rent

Montgomery—a suburb of Cincinnati—is beloved by its residents for the Montgomery Heritage District, which boasts shopping, dining, and entertainment, but is also known for its top-notch treatment of its senior citizens. The town is part of a Cincinnati-area consortium of towns that operate a Council on Aging, which offers support for caregivers, assisted living, transitions from nursing homes, and help with housekeeping and bathing.

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#49. Willowbrook, IL

- Population: 8,598 (13% age 55-64 and 22% age 65+)
- Median household income: $67,780
- Housing: $217,800 median household value and $1,336 median rent

The police department in Willowbrook, Ill., has a senior citizens forum called Senior Willowbrook Adults Connected that provides aging residents a place to hold discussions on issues important to them. Different groups give presentations to the forum, including AARP and the Tri-State Fire Protection District, on topics such as preventing injuries and home inspections.

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#48. Northfield, IL

- Population: 5,459 (16% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+)
- Median household income: $105,929
- Housing: $596,700 median household value and $1,477 median rent

The North Shore Senior Center in Northfield, Ill., is an award-winning senior center that offers support groups, transportation, and lecture series among other activities that senior citizens can take advantage of. The center is arguably the most well-known for its lifelong-learning classes, which seniors can take almost every weekday on topics like jazz, politics, or poetry.

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#47. Birmingham, MI

- Population: 20,836 (14% age 55-64 and 15% age 65+)
- Median household income: $114,537
- Housing: $467,700 median household value and $1,414 median rent

Birmingham, Mich., is home to Birmingham Next, which is a nonprofit organization that caters to adults aged 50 and older and offers outdoor exercise equipment, computer classes, trips to Detroit, and even a pottery studio. The group also provides free legal counseling, free blood pressure screenings, and medical equipment loans.

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#46. Glenview, IL

- Population: 47,066 (15% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)
- Median household income: $103,773
- Housing: $488,300 median household value and $1,732 median rent

Glenview, Ill., is a popular destination for golfers, with four courses: the Glen Club, North Shore Country Club, Glenview Park Golf Club, and Glenview Prairie Club. But retirees who aren’t golfing-inclined can also stay busy, whether attending shows at the Oil Lamp Theater, visiting prairie grove land at the Grove, or taking the grandchildren to the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago.

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#45. Upper Arlington, OH

- Population: 34,943 (13% age 55-64 and 17% age 65+)
- Median household income: $110,397
- Housing: $357,200 median household value and $1,169 median rent

Annual membership to the Upper Arlington Senior Association is just $15 for residents of the Ohio suburb, which grants access to the town’s senior center. Members can use the center’s fitness room, take classes, and participate in programs that include lessons in Photoshop, lectures on the American Revolution, and Reiki appointments with professionals.

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#44. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

- Population: 15,678 (18% age 55-64 and 19% age 65+)
- Median household income: $95,697
- Housing: $205,000 median household value and $1,429 median rent

Retirees won’t feel alone in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., with 19% of the town’s population aged 65 years or older and 18% falling between the ages of 55 and 64. The city is the #14 top place to retire in Michigan out of 617 towns and is the sixth-best place to buy a home in the Detroit-metropolitan area.

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#43. Lake City, MN

- Population: 5,154 (15% age 55-64 and 27% age 65+)
- Median household income: $53,300
- Housing: $148,900 median household value and $841 median rent

Lake City, Minn., is perfect for retirees who want to settle down somewhere in the Midwest, but, want to live on the water. The town is nestled along Lake Pepin and has several public beaches as well as Frontenac State Park, which is beloved by birding enthusiasts. Hikers can also visit Maiden Rock Bluff, which is just across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, for a pleasant day trip.

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#42. Blue Ash, OH

- Population: 12,096 (17% age 55-64 and 17% age 65+)
- Median household income: $75,775
- Housing: $243,100 median household value and $1,079 median rent

Blue Ash, a suburb of Cincinnati, has a small-town feel with the advantage of being located less than half an hour outside a major city, meaning there is no shortage of things to do during the workweek. Residents can tee up at the Blue Ash Golf Course, get a view of the city for free from the glass elevator in Summit Park’s Observation Tower, or listen to music at the town’s summer concert series.

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#41. Edina, MN

- Population: 50,603 (13% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)
- Median household income: $96,477
- Housing: $438,300 median household value and $1,288 median rent

The Edina Senior Center in Edina, Minn., promises to offer something for everyone, whether it’s the opportunity to learn mah-jongg, participate in a softball league, watch movies, or play in a pool tournament. The center specifically caters to adults aged 55 and over and has over 1,000 members who are committed to maintaining active lifestyles.

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#40. Sheldon, IA

- Population: 5,060 (12% age 55-64 and 18% age 65+)
- Median household income: $50,611
- Housing: $144,200 median household value and $660 median rent

Sheldon, Iowa, is ranked as the seventh-best place to retire in Iowa. The majority of the town’s population, at 18%, is 65 years or older, and 12% are between the ages of 55 and 64. Sheldon is also an attractive place for those looking for low-cost housing: the median household value is about $40,000 less than the national average.

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#39. Spencer, IA

- Population: 11,132 (13% age 55-64 and 20% age 65+)
- Median household income: $45,719
- Housing: $123,800 median household value and $622 median rent

Retirees living in Spencer, Iowa, can partake in what many call the “World’s Greatest County Fair” that takes place in the town, celebrating the history and heritage of Clay County, Iowa, and sure to impress the grandkids. Spencer also has a number of recreational trails for those looking to stay active, as well as a community theater, a campground, and a historic one-room schoolhouse-turned museum.

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#38. Clayton, MO

- Population: 16,214 (10% age 55-64 and 14% age 65+)
- Median household income: $91,531
- Housing: $590,800 median household value and $1,168 median rent

Clayton, Mo., is a popular place for retirees in the Midwest looking to age in place. The town is home to STL Village, a nonprofit organization that supports adults looking to remain active in their communities and remain in their homes. Another organization, Odd Couples Housing, provides the unique opportunity for seniors or older adults to welcome young professionals or students into their homes, which not only lessens expenses and household responsibilities but also offers a chance to mentor the next generation.

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#37. Crestwood, MO

- Population: 11,921 (16% age 55-64 and 20% age 65+)
- Median household income: $72,267
- Housing: $190,500 median household value and $928 median rent

Crestwood, Mo., is ranked as the #14 best place to retire in the state, as well as the seventh-best place to buy a house in Missouri, making it easy to move from out of town. Plus, 20% of the town’s population is aged 65 years or older, meaning retirees won’t be short on company. The public schools in Crestwood are also highly rated, making it perfect for retirees with kids still in school.

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#36. Mequon, WI

- Population: 23,787 (17% age 55-64 and 23% age 65+)
- Median household income: $109,488
- Housing: $374,300 median household value and $1,241 median rent

Mequon, Wis. offers the chance for older adults to remain active and stay in touch with nature with its many parks and location right on scenic Lake Michigan. Those living in this suburb of Milwaukee can spend the afternoon at Doctors Park, a quiet beachfront area right on the lake, or can check out the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, the Lynden Sculpture Garden, or the Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve.

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#35. Brookfield, WI

- Population: 37,943 (16% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)
- Median household income: $101,761
- Housing: $296,800 median household value and $1,496 median rent

Residents of Brookfield, Wis., aged 55 or older can get a completely free membership to the Brookfield Senior Community Center, where they can take classes in drawing and painting, learn line dancing, or join clubs such as the Quilting Angels and the Broadway Wannabes. The center also hosts senior trips and bus tours to nearby Milwaukee or neighboring vineyards for people looking to get out of town.

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#34. Grosse Ile Township, MI

- Population: 10,173 (20% age 55-64 and 25% age 65+)
- Median household income: $100,278
- Housing: $259,500 median household value and $967 median rent

Grosse Ile Township, Mich., comprises several islands on the Detroit River, meaning that dreams of retiring on an island aren’t too far away from reality. Fishing aficionados can enjoy several popular spots at Elizabeth Park, while golfers can visit Lake Erie Metropark’s golf course. Lake Erie Metropark also has a museum dedicated to marshlands, views of the Detroit River, and water slides suitable for any age.

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#33. Lyndhurst, OH

- Population: 13,678 (15% age 55-64 and 25% age 65+)
- Median household income: $70,496
- Housing: $141,200 median household value and $1,181 median rent

Lyndhurst, Ohio, is one of four Ohio towns that operate the Community Partnership on Aging, which encourages independent lifestyles and active community involvement among older adults. Some current programs and services the partnership offers include a transportation service, a weekday meal program, counseling, and opportunities to socialize.

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#32. Sylvania, OH

- Population: 18,857 (13% age 55-64 and 19% age 65+)
- Median household income: $71,889
- Housing: $169,100 median household value and $816 median rent

The Sylvania Senior Center is open to all adults age 55 or older and is an ADA-accessible facility that offers a variety of programs to enrich the lives of its members. Some offerings include wood shop, yoga, billiards, computer classes, and nutrition counseling. The center has been steadily growing in Sylvania since its inception in 1974 with the mission of promoting healthy aging.

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#31. Lincolnshire, IL

- Population: 7,328 (13% age 55-64 and 32% age 65+)
- Median household income: $116,554
- Housing: $503,000 median household value and $2,594 median rent

Lincolnshire is ranked as the 14th best place to retire in Illinois but is great for young retirees who have school-aged children as well. The town is the #2 place with the best public schools in Illinois and has been named one of the top places to raise a family in the state. More than a third of the Chicago suburb’s population comprises residents who are 65 years or older.

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#30. Lake Barrington, IL

- Population: 5,048 (21% age 55-64 and 35% age 65+)
- Median household income: $101,582
- Housing: $365,400 median household value and $1,563 median rent

Lake Barrington, a suburb of Chicago, boasts several golf courses and opportunities to enjoy nature with the town’s many wetlands, waterways, and public walking trails. Good Shepherd Hospital is also located nearby for those who have health concerns, and the town is connected to a major highway and two train stations, making traveling a breeze.

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#29. Northbrook, IL

- Population: 33,591 (15% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+)
- Median household income: $119,568
- Housing: $517,700 median household value and $2,036 median rent

Northbrook, Ill., is a suburb of Chicago along Lake Michigan and is home to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors can also see all the nature the area has to offer via the Skokie Lagoons, a forest preserve where people can kayak, as well as the Northbrook Park District. The town is also located near Evanston, Ill., and Kenosha, Wis., providing a bounty of travel opportunities for residents.

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#28. Petoskey, MI

- Population: 5,696 (18% age 55-64 and 19% age 65+)
- Median household income: $37,639
- Housing: $178,900 median household value and $645 median rent

Scenic Petoskey is nestled next to Little Traverse Bay just across from Wisconsin and located just two hours from Lake Huron on the other side of the state. The town is also located just under three hours from Ontario, Canada. But there is plenty for residents to do without even leaving the town of Petoskey, from strolling the beaches of Petoskey State Park, hiking Bear River Valley Recreation Area, visiting the Odawa Casino, or skiing at Petoskey Winter Sports Park.

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#27. Clear Lake, IA

- Population: 7,612 (16% age 55-64 and 24% age 65+)
- Median household income: $54,123
- Housing: $146,500 median household value and $648 median rent

Clear Lake—a town named for the lake of the same name it is next to—is ranked as the best place to retire in Iowa. 24% of the town’s population is aged 65 years or older, while 16% fall between the ages of 55 and 64. In addition to the town’s large lake, Clear Lake also has a number of restaurants and parks that residents frequently enjoy.

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#26. North Manchester, IN

- Population: 6,152 (9% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)
- Median household income: $45,775
- Housing: $91,000 median household value and $709 median rent

Retirees living in North Manchester, Ind., can take advantage of the Garber-Simmons Senior Center, which regularly holds programs and activities for the town’s seniors. Members can take painting classes taught by a student from a local university and can also play different Wii games, including Wii Fit activities. The center has also hosted a Valentine’s Day party, fundraisers, and silent auctions.

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#25. Richmond Heights, MO

- Population: 8,466 (13% age 55-64 and 15% age 65+)
- Median household income: $76,081
- Housing: $244,600 median household value and $956 median rent

Richmond Heights—a suburb of St. Louis—offers many services for its older adult residents, including a free senior van service that shuttles eligible adults to the grocery store, doctor appointments, and hair appointments. The Parks and Recreation Cooperative also offers day trips throughout the region for residents of Richmond Heights, Brentwood, and Maplewood.

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#24. Carmel, IN

- Population: 88,595 (13% age 55-64 and 13% age 65+)
- Median household income: $109,201
- Housing: $320,400 median household value and $1,150 median rent

Indianapolis suburb Carmel has a vast Parks and Recreation department that has a variety of senior programs, from pickleball to ballroom dancing and arts and crafts. One of the classes the town currently offers is called Silver Swans, which is a ballet class designed specifically for older adults. People can also take classes like “Unlocking Social Security” and “Understanding the Medicare Maze.”

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#23. Inverness, IL

- Population: 7,723 (20% age 55-64 and 20% age 65+)
- Median household income: $173,828
- Housing: $621,900 median household value and $2,684 median rent

Inverness, Ill., offers its residents the best of both worlds, with its proximity to Chicago and nature preserves within the town itself. Those looking to get in touch with the environment can enjoy the hiking trails and bike paths at Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Deer Grove East, and Baker’s Lake Nature Preserve, while people who enjoy hunting can partake at Camp Alphonse.

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#22. Lake Forest, IL

- Population: 18,931 (16% age 55-64 and 22% age 65+)
- Median household income: $169,122
- Housing: $855,500 median household value and $1,815 median rent

Lake Forest, Ill., is a wealthy Chicago suburb home to one-half of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation, which supports Dickinson Hall, the local senior center. The foundation caters to over 4,200 adults in the communities and supports classes, programs, activities, and parties at Dickinson Hall as well as the local senior transportation service and senior advocacy programs.

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#21. Burr Ridge, IL

- Population: 10,783 (23% age 55-64 and 27% age 65+)
- Median household income: $134,706
- Housing: $646,600 median household value and $2,065 median rent

Retirees living in Burr Ridge, Ill., can stay busy enjoying many of the natural treasures the Chicago suburb has to offer. Residents enjoy hiking and seeing the town’s many waterfalls at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve as well as Rocky Glen Waterfall and can also traverse walking paths at Paw Paw Woods Nature Preserve and Harvester Park, which features unique wetlands.

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#20. Oak Brook, IL

- Population: 8,108 (16% age 55-64 and 36% age 65+)
- Median household income: $132,500
- Housing: $784,700 median household value and $2,071 median rent

Oak Brook, Ill., is home to many retirees, with 29% of the town’s population being seniors. Oak Brook is also a popular retirement choice for veterans—20% of the senior population reports having served in the military or armed forces. 77% of seniors in Oak Brook live with family, but for those who may be interested in moving out or retaining some independence, there are seven assisted living facilities in the area and 60 home care agencies.

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#19. Fairlawn, OH

- Population: 7,463 (13% age 55-64 and 24% age 65+)
- Median household income: $69,004
- Housing: $173,500 median household value and $1,080 median rent

Fairlawn, Ohio, has two main social clubs for adults aged 55 and older that allow seniors to interact with each other and foster relationships. The Ladies Out to Lunch Bunch meets the third Monday of every month at a different restaurant, while the Retired Old Men Eating Out meets the second Tuesday of every month at First Watch. The Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center also holds events for older adults the first Monday of every month.

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#18. Kenwood, OH

- Population: 7,313 (13% age 55-64 and 23% age 65+)
- Median household income: $67,577
- Housing: $274,800 median household value and $1,428 median rent

Almost a quarter of the population of Kenwood, Ohio are seniors, and the average retirement income for seniors who receive Social Security benefits is $20,467 per household. About 44% of the seniors in Kenwood live alone, while 48% live with family. And for retirees looking to stay active in the workforce, they won’t be alone among Kenwood seniors: 18% report being employed.

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#17. Sappington, MO

- Population: 7,519 (15% age 55-64 and 27% age 65+)
- Median household income: $61,111
- Housing: $202,500 median household value and $909 median rent

Sappington—a suburb of St. Louis—is the perfect place for history buffs to retire. A nearby town was once the home of former president and Civil War commander Ulysses S. Grant. Today, the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site stands as a museum with guided tours that let visitors peer into Grant’s 19th-century home. Sappington is also home to the Missouri Civil War Museum.

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#16. Oscoda Charter Township, MI

- Population: 6,847 (15% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)
- Median household income: $43,010
- Housing: $80,000 median household value and $624 median rent

Residents of Oscoda Charter Township can find fun activities and social gatherings at the Oscoda/AuSable Senior Center, which is open Monday through Friday. The center even operates a senior meal service. Members can take part in weekly activities that include bridge, bingo, bunco, and pinochle, and they can also visit the center for a movie every Monday with popcorn.

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#15. Shrewsbury, MO

- Population: 6,180 (12% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)
- Median household income: $53,977
- Housing: $163,400 median household value and $898 median rent

Shrewsbury, Mo., is ranked as one of the top-10 places to retire in the state and the 12th-best place for young professionals in Missouri, offering plenty of business opportunities for retirees looking to suit up. Out of the Shrewsbury population, 28% of residents are aged 65 years or older.

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#14. Westlake, OH

- Population: 32,387 (16% age 55-64 and 23% age 65+)
- Median household income: $81,966
- Housing: $241,900 median household value and $1,095 median rent

Cleveland suburb Westlake is located right along Lake Erie, giving retirees the opportunity to live right on the water. Residents often frequent Huntington Beach, where people can fish and enjoy the views of the city. Hikers will also appreciate the walking trails and wildlife at Rocky River Reservation, and lifelong learners can expand their knowledge of the natural world at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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#13. Highland Park, IL

- Population: 29,796 (16% age 55-64 and 22% age 65+)
- Median household income: $137,450
- Housing: $574,100 median household value and $1,659 median rent

Highland Park—a suburb of Chicago—is ranked as the fifth-best place to retire in Illinois and the ninth-best place to live in Lake County, Ill. Of the town’s population, 22% are aged 65 or older, while 16% are between the ages of 55 and 64. The town’s population is just shy of 30,000 and is perfect for those who are looking to escape the city but aren’t quite sure about settling into a small town.

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#12. Kirkwood, MO

- Population: 27,659 (14% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)
- Median household income: $79,439
- Housing: $273,900 median household value and $1,031 median rent

St. Louis suburb Kirkwood, Mo., is located near Shepherd’s Center, which offers programs, services, and classes for older adults. The center also hosts several clubs, like a bi-monthly book club and Monday Scrabblers. Shepherd’s Center, which first opened in 1972, has over 200 volunteers, including people who can help seniors with things like plumbing or home repairs.

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#11. Bloomfield Charter Township, MI

- Population: 41,969 (16% age 55-64 and 24% age 65+)
- Median household income: $123,086
- Housing: $385,400 median household value and $1,313 median rent

Bloomfield Charter Township, Mich., is home to the Bloomfield Township Senior Center, which is open Monday through Saturday to adults aged 50 or older. Members can participate in day trips, take fitness classes like Chair Yoga or pilates, and learn about driver safety or how to play bridge. There are also two other senior centers in neighboring towns less than five miles away: Birmingham Next and Robert Bowens Senior Center.

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#10. Beachwood, OH

- Population: 11,743 (14% age 55-64 and 30% age 65+)
- Median household income: $86,026
- Housing: $283,500 median household value and $1,663 median rent

Beachwood—a suburb of Cleveland—is ranked as the third-best place to retire in Ohio and as the 13th best place to live in the Cleveland area. The town is home to many retirees who have moderate political views and are highly educated. 30% of the Beachwood population is aged 65 years or older, and 35% of the town’s residents have a master’s degrees.

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#9. Prairie Village, KS

- Population: 21,932 (13% age 55-64 and 20% age 65+)
- Median household income: $84,106
- Housing: $243,800 median household value and $1,263 median rent

Kansas ranks ninth in the U.S. for long-term care, which the 18% of the population in Prairie Village, Kan., who are seniors, can take advantage of. Almost a quarter of those seniors in Prairie Village are military veterans, and most homeowners in the town have lived there since the 1970s. For seniors living in Prairie Village, the median household income is $61,997.

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#8. Ladue, MO

- Population: 8,591 (18% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)
- Median household income: $203,250
- Housing: $798,500 median household value and $1,797 median rent

Ladue, Mo., is located in St. Louis County, which was admitted into the World Health Organization and AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2013. The St. Louis County Parks Department holds “Young at Heart” activities for older adults, which include physical activities like pickleball and educational sessions on computers as well as bridge and mah-jongg clubs.

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#7. Leawood, KS

- Population: 34,195 (17% age 55-64 and 18% age 65+)
- Median household income: $151,446
- Housing: $431,000 median household value and $1,363 median rent

Not only is Leawood ranked as the best suburb in the state to raise a family and the suburb in the state with the best public schools, but it is also ranked as the best place to retire in Kansas. And for those looking to relocate, it is also the third-best suburb to buy a house in Kansas. The town, which is home to over 34,000 residents, has a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

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#6. Centerville, OH

- Population: 23,847 (13% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)
- Median household income: $71,026
- Housing: $180,500 median household value and $863 median rent

The city of Centerville, Ohio, has an exterior home maintenance program for older residents who may need help in raking leaves, shoveling snow, and maintaining the upkeep of their home. Centerville residents can also volunteer for the program to help out their neighbors with repairs. The town’s police department also maintains a well-being call-in program for seniors who live alone, where officers check on designated adults daily.

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#5. Creve Coeur, MO

- Population: 18,259 (15% age 55-64 and 24% age 65+)
- Median household income: $101,462
- Housing: $363,000 median household value and $1,187 median rent

Creve Coeur offers several programs to help older adults maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Seniors can take Tai Chi, which is well-suited for older adults because it is low-impact, self-paced, and can help improve confidence and balance. The town also offers yoga classes every week for beginners looking to learn poses, proper alignment, and breathing techniques.

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#4. Chesterfield, MO

- Population: 47,660 (14% age 55-64 and 24% age 65+)
- Median household income: $99,848
- Housing: $360,400 median household value and $1,142 median rent

Chesterfield is ranked as the fourth-best place to retire in Missouri, and also ranks within the top 50 best suburbs to live in the country. Of the 47,660 people who live in the St. Louis suburb, 24% are aged 65 or older and 14% fall between the ages of 55 and 64. And for retirees whose kids are school-aged, the public schools in Chesterfield are highly rated.

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#3. Elm Grove, WI

- Population: 6,127 (13% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+)
- Median household income: $113,750
- Housing: $360,800 median household value and $929 median rent

St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic Parish in Elm Grove, Wis., hosts a “Seniors Club” that meets twice a month on Mondays. The club offers several programs, including day trips, luncheons, dances, games, and speakers. The Seniors Club is open to all adults looking to expand their education and stay active in the social community in Elm Grove.

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#2. Bellbrook, OH

- Population: 7,103 (15% age 55-64 and 22% age 65+)
- Median household income: $78,496
- Housing: $160,600 median household value and $1,051 median rent

For those looking to retire in Bellbrook, Ohio—the top-ranked place to retire in the state—there is plenty to do to keep busy. Those looking to stay in touch with nature and maintain an active lifestyle will enjoy the trails at Sugarcreek Metro Park, Bellbrock Park, Sackett-Wright Park, and Magee Park. The town is also home to the Bellbrook Historical Museum, which offers a special insight into the area’s history.

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#1. Town and Country, MO

- Population: 11,030 (17% age 55-64 and 27% age 65+)
- Median household income: $164,649
- Housing: $693,000 median household value and $1,037 median rent

As the top place to retire in the Midwest, Town and Country, Mo., offers many services to its retirees to ensure a happy and healthy lifestyle. The town has a Neighbor Driving Neighbor volunteer program that older adults can use to attend to errands. The city also offers the Care Calls program where volunteers perform well-being checks and visit seniors to avert feelings of loneliness. Town and Country also has a program called Age Smart, Age Well, which provides classes in computers, Microsoft Word, and email.

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