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Best Places to Retire in America

At AV Homes, we do a lot of research to find the absolute best places to retire in the United States. We have researched, visited select cities, talked to locals, weighed advantages and disadvantages, and have come up with our list of best places to retire.

Criteria for Best Places to Retire

What are the criteria for finding the best place to retire in the United States? It’s a balance of finding a location that allows for a relaxed lifestyle, and also has a close proximity to lots of attractions, great restaurants, culture, and numerous things to do! Other factors to consider? Low cost of living, affordability, low crime rate, warm weather, and beautiful scenery. When looking for a location for your new dream home , don’t settle for anything less! With that said, here is the AV Homes list of top places to retire in the United States:

Raleigh, North Carolina

Not only has Raleigh been voted the best place to retire by Huffington Post and CNN Money, Raleigh happens to be the location of our most recent 55-Plus community at Bethpage. With a mild climate, yet four distinct seasons, we love the weather year-round in Raleigh. Plus, with a fair amount rainy days each year, the landscape is lush and green all year round. Known as the “City of Oaks” for the lush oak trees that line the streets of the city, Raleigh truly is home to beautiful scenery.
Other reasons we love Raleigh? The culture. With diverse restaurants, art galleries, parks, theatres, amphitheaters, universities, and plenty of historic museums, Raleigh residents never run out of things to do. We love Raleigh, and we know you will too. It has definitely won our hearts and secured its spot on our list of top places to retire in America!

Mesa, Arizona

Haven’t heard of Mesa? You’re missing out. Mesa is a suburb located about 20 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. Mesa residents enjoy close proximity to the hustle and bustle of the big city, with their own small town to escape to. Although Mesa is actually the third largest city in Arizona, the downtown holds that true small town charm; the city’s Main Street is filled with shops, restaurants, museums, arts center, amphitheaters, and more. With over 200 sunny days a year, you can spend most of the year enjoying the outdoors and all that the city has to offer; a top reason why many people Retire in Mesa.
In addition to the sunny weather, the city also boasts a low crime rate, moderate cost of living, and average home prices, which is why Forbes named Mesa one of the Top 25 Places to Retire in 2013 . We have to agree, we love Mesa and all that it has to offer active adults looking for the best place to retire.

Orlando, Florida

What do we love about Orlando? Plenty of fun things to do and fabulous weather! With warm weather throughout the year, Orlando residents are able to enjoy the beautiful beaches and lush scenery all year long. The Orlando-metro area is also home to many attractions such as Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Wellington Equestrian Center, Orlando Magic, New York Mets Spring Training, and many more local amenities to keep 55-Plus residents busy all year long. With a low cost of living, no state income tax, and above average air quality, Forbes names Orlando one of the 25 Best Places To Retire in 2013 , and we have to agree!
Not sure which city you’d like to retire in? Read about the AV Homes 55-Plus Lifestyle and find a community in the perfect city to spend your golden years!