Best Cities to Retire

1. Franklin, TN
Franklin is one of the wealthiest cities in one of the wealthiest counties. The City's population at just over 46,000. This makes Franklin the 10th largest city in Tennessee and the fastest growing. Franklin is a unique blend of history and progress. This town has small-town charm and big-city sophistication. There are fascinating Civil War sites and museums, magnificent Antebellum and Victorian homes - plus our thriving downtown shopping area,. unique dining and entertainment, and great festivals.

2. Portsmouth, NH   Chamber
Portsmouth has a population of 23,000,  This town sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a short, wide river that divides New Hampshire and Maine. The city also is at the hub of a metropolitan region that includes several small cities and many towns. The city has stylish restaurants and a buzzing night life.Portsmouth has a repertory theater, concerts at the Music Hall, more than 100 eateries and continuing education classes at the University of New Hampshire.



3. St. George, Utah Chamber
St. George has a population of 50,000. The town has tennis courts, a large pool with special classes for people with arthritis, golf courses and 35 miles of walking trails. In October, the Huntsman Senior Games attract about 5,000 athletes to St. George for competitions in the triathlon, biking, and more. Located in town, Dixie State College offers classes and trips for seniors. The Tuacahn Theater stages plays and concerts in a natural amphitheater of red rock and Southern Utah University runs an annual Shakespearean festival.

4. Savannah, GA Chamber
Savannah has a population of about 300,000. Residents and visitors revel in our elegant architecture, ornate ironworks, fountains and lush green squares. Savannah's natural beauty is rivaled only by the city's hospitable reputation, creating one of the country's most popular vacation spots and places to live. Residents and guests who come to our city are truly captivated by our city's charm, the richness of our heritage and all the activities the city offers every day of the year.

5. Bellingham, WA Chamber
Bellingham has a population of 70,000.  Serving as the county seat of Whatcom County, Bellingham is the hub of activity for a region offering fresh, unspoiled, and genuine recreational opportunities. Situated between two of North America's most international cities, Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, the spectacular natural environment of our region stretches from the San Juan Islands to Mt. Baker.

6. Largo, FL Chamber
Largo has a population around 70,000. The city's golf courses and parks have a lot of room to breathe, and its citizens don't take that for granted. Largo is  just a short drive from St. Petersburg and Tampa, and is just what most people think of when they hear the phrase "retirement community." The weather is dependably warm (with humid, tolerable summers), rain is infrequent and snow is unthinkable. Beachfront condos are surrounded by palm trees, and dozens of beaches are right around the corner.

7. Ann Arbor, MI Chamber
Ann Arbor current population is about 110,000. Ann Arbor is located in the southeast corner of Michigan and is bordered to the north by the Huron River. Ann Arbor is also the seat of Washtenaw County. Besides reliving your college days, two theatres are close by: The world-class Fisher Theatre in Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Arts. A host of beautiful lakes and beaches are right around the corner. If you want more than Ann Arbor's 147 parks, you can join the local Bicycle Touring Society or the local Ski Club, which organize safe and reasonably priced trips.

8. Charleston, SC - Chamber
The city is well-known for its streets lined with grand live oaks draped with Spanish moss, and the ubiquity of the Cabbage Palmetto, which is the state tree of South Carolina. Along the waterfront in an area known as Rainbow Row are many beautiful and historic pastel-colored homes. Charleston is the primary medical center for the eastern portion of the state. The city has several major hospitals located in the downtown area alone: Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center (MUSC), Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, and Roper Hospital. MUSC is the state's first school of medicine, the largest medical university in the state, and the sixth oldest continually operating school of medicine in the United States.

Ashville, NC - Chamber
Asheville and the surrounding mountains are also popular in the autumn when fall foliage peaks in October. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the Asheville area and near the Biltmore Estate.The city contains the lavish Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America, which attracts over a million visitors each year. Other notable architecture in Asheville includes its Art Deco city hall and other unique buildings in the downtown area such as the Battery Park Hotel, the Neo-Gothic Jackson Building, Grove Arcade and the Basilica of St. Lawrence. The S&W Cafeteria Building is also a fine example of Art Deco architecture in Asheville. The Grove Park Inn is an important example of architecture and design of the Arts and Crafts movement

10. Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and is the seat of Santa Fe County. Santa Fe had a population of 62,203. Santa Fe is a world-renowned travel destination unparalleled in richness of history, heritage, arts and culture. You'll be nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the foothills of the Rockies, immersed in natural beauty, with an average of 325 days of sunshine and blue sky. Come and prepare for your perfect day in Santa Fe.

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This listing of the Top Ten Cities to retire in the United States is constantly being revised as new cities are being discovered and new developements are are built. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!