Many Americans dream of living in a big, bustling city during adulthood, likely thanks to a booming economy and a plethora of opportunities. But retirees typically prefer a more laid back, relaxed environment during their golden years. It’s understandable that after years of hard work you’d want to settle down and forget all about the hustle and bustle of huge metropoles.
Inevitably, however, as cities expand their economy and as their quality of life increases, they attract more and more residents. Eventually, most small towns can fall into the same ‘trap’.
The key is finding a place small and cozy enough that still offers all the services, stores, and health care options that are important to you and your household. We’ve taken a look at 10 superb retirement destination candidates with more than 50,000 residents but less than 100,000 that could be perfect for you!
If you want to live in a smaller, comfortable city that has everything you need, read on!
Leander, Texas, could be the perfect retirement spot for those who want the coziness of a small but growing town while not located too far from a metropole. According to the Census Bureau data, Leander’s population has grown by 12% over the past year. In 2019, it boasted 62,608. This sort of influx points to a rise in opportunity for many people, meaning you don’t have to worry about life here stagnating.
As hinted at earlier, Austin is close by if you feel the need for a little diversity in your activities, but otherwise, there is plenty to do in Leander. Are you a fan of golf? Why not experience a round or two at the Crystal Falls Golf Club. If you prefer to explore the outdoors then we highly recommend the Texas Hill Country at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
It’s also a great place for retirees in terms of events, as the city proudly organizes hikes, museum visits, river cruises, and wine tasting, among others, for those aged 55 or older.
For a great retirement destination look no further than the fastest-growing small city in the nation, Leander!
Apex, North Carolina
Over the past year, Alex, North Carolina has grown by at least 10%. Now, 59,300 people reside here and you could be one of them.
What makes Apex particularly enchanting, especially for former scholars, is the fact that it is a part of what is known as the Research Triangle area. You’ve got three major research universities just within reach: North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Because of this, Apex has seen a massive increase in opportunities and partnerships both between the three universities and private industries.
If you ever feel the need to stretch out a little, you can always visit nearby Raleigh for a little added spice to your activities. Not that you’ll grow tired or bored of Apex! Retirees like it for its walkability, so you can always go for a stroll and visit the recently renovates historic buildings from the 1800s.
PeakFest is a popular, annual fair that attracts big crowds for its fine arts, foods, and crafters, so make sure you’re always ready to attend!