Ideal Retirement Locations: Mixing Business with Pleasure

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 10 March 2009

A recent piece posted on U.S. News & World Report.com and aol.com touts the top 10 cities for boomers, based on factors such as area attractions and availability of appealing jobs for retirees seeking work.

The top 10 cities are:

  1. Oklahoma City, OK – Tied with Washington, DC, for the lowest jobless rate in the country, this state capital city has much to offer besides gainful employment: a low cost of living and numerous private golf courses form a trifecta for retirees seeking work, reduced expenses, and time on the green.
  2. Charleston, WV – Charleston’s healthcare industry has held strong despite the weakening economy, and, at quitting time, residents can take in America’s favorite pastime at the Appalachian Power Park Stadium.
  3. Lubbock, TX – The birthplace of Buddy Holly, Lubbock has “a thriving music scene” in addition to university jobs and a wealth of cultural events at Texas Tech University’s auditorium and sculpture garden.
  4. State College, PA – Home to the famous “non-retiree” Joe Paterno and his Nittany Lions, State College is a fabulous spot for boomers seeking an active retirement. Residents can take free courses at PSU, enjoy frozen treats at an on-site creamery, and move into the university’s retirement community when the time comes.
  5. Bismarck, ND – State capital cities like Bismarck offer many opportunities for employment. The pay may not be much to write home about, but the attractive health care & pension benefits that are hard to find in private companies helps balance it out.
  6. Rochester, MN – Rochester’s claim to fame is the Mayo Clinic, which provides superior healthcare, tens of thousands of job opportunities, and attracts 1.5 million visitors a year… translating into numerous service industry job slots.
  7. Ithaca, NY - Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY, almost half (43%) of Ithaca’s Cornell University employees are age 50 or older.
  8. Huntsville, AL – A variety of jobs in healthcare, government and higher education are on the books in this southern city. For those interested in the final frontier, Huntsville is also home to the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.
  9. Bellevue, WA – Over 145 companies – including Expedia, T-Mobile and Microsoft – are based in this metro area with Seattle and Tacoma nearby. Bellevue’s nearly 2,000 acres of parks and various freshwater lakes for boating enthusiasts afford just as much recreation as it does employment opportunities.
  10. Charlottesville, VA – featuring the beautiful, historic Monticello and gorgeous fall foliage at Shenadoah National Park, this college town offers over 20 wineries to entice boomers to the South.

I’m not sure whether the current housing market would encourage boomers to sell, relocate and buy. However, the industries in these cities have held strong despite economic turmoil, so when the time is right and the nest is empty, these may be the places to start a new chapter of your life.

- Michelle Seitzer

There are 2 Comments about this post

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    on 09 April 2009 / 12:21 AM

  2. dave says,

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    on 12 October 2009 / 2:08 PM


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