This blog post was updated on September 13, 2021.
If retirement is right around the corner, there may be some of you who want to relocate your lives to a new location, but still have the convenience of being within the borders of the US so you can see your family and friends. To help you in your search, we’ve listed out some of the best cities in which you can set up base to kick up your feet.
Charleston, South Carolina
Southern charm can also be utterly welcoming when you’re retired. Often touted as a beacon for art, food culture, and good ol’ hospitality in the South, Charleston stands out for its relatively laid-back pace of life. When you’re not strolling through its historic cobblestone streets or admiring its elegant old buildings, there are art galleries, restaurants, golf courses, top-rated tennis courts, and beaches to always keep you occupied.
For outdoor enthusiasts, you can’t beat a hike, or even a leisurely stroll through scenic Pinnacle Peak Park in sunny Scottsdale. February brings a flurry of activity like the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and the Parada Del Sol (an annual rodeo and wild west extravaganza). Car buffs will also love the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in January, where you might just catch sight of a celebrity or two! Like to shop? You’ll certainly be spoiled for choice in the “Beverly Hills of the Southwest.”
Cape Coral, Florida
With tons of water-related activities, there’s a good reason why the city of Cape Coral made it on our list. Whether it’s sailing, fishing, or kayaking, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spend your long summer days on the water. Grandkids will love to visit you and splash around at the city’s Sunsplash Family Waterpark, while you and your friends could also enjoy a few rounds at the Coral Oaks Golf Course.
If you’re a history buff, then Franklin‘s Civil War sites — including Carnton Planation, Carter House command post, and Lotz House museum — are sure to make it an interesting place to call home. The city also has a lower-than-national-average cost of living and excellent quality health care. Its Main Street is always a hive of activity, with great places to dine, drink, and enjoy art and music. Plus, you’ll be really close to Nashville International Airport, so friends and family can visit with ease.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Another Florida favorite among retirees, Fort Lauderdale has all the beach-side bustle and beauty of any other coastal Floridian city, but minus the touristy vibe of a South Beach. Retirees love its great weather and friendly folks, and admire its pretty neighborhoods like Victoria Park, Colee Hammock, and The Isles. Also, waterfront homes and elegant yachts are also major attractions, with the city being host to the annual world-famous International Boat Show that’s held every November.
Want to give Fort Lauderdale a try before buying in? Check out how you can spend a weekend there before you call it home!
Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock has a great walkable downtown area that offers up great venues for the arts, dining, and shopping. The city is just 20 miles from Austin, but has a lower cost of living with cheaper home prices as well. Enjoy the outdoors with the grandkids at Memorial Park, Old Settlers Park, or Chisholm Trail Crossing Park, or enjoying a day of shopping at its premium outlets. The city also comes highly rated for an excellent quality of life among its residents.
St. Petersburg, Florida
If you want a Floridian retirement haven that has just a touch of cosmopolitan flavor, then St. Petersburg is the place. Home to the famous Salvador Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Mahaffey Theater (where the Florida Orchestra is based), there’s definitely no shortage of art and culture to keep you excited. Plus, the Sunken Gardens botanical space and Egmont Key State Park reserve give you the perfect escapes for when you want to get closer to nature.