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Great Cities for Retirees
There are plenty of things you can do in retirement, and plenty of places to do them. However, increasingly retirees are interested in remaining physically active and enjoying the outdoors, and they also are looking for ways to stay active in their communities by volunteering. Forbes has released a list of the Top 25 U.S. cities for retirees, based on four criteria: opportunities for outdoor activities, especially paths for walking, jogging and biking; rate of volunteerism; doctors per capita; and low rates of violent crime.
Leading the list is Madison, Wisc. As the state capital and the home of the University of Wisconsin, there is plenty to do here. It has lakes and bike trails if you want to stay active. And if you are interested in volunteering, you will have plenty of company: 40 percent of people in Madison are involved in volunteer activities. The only downside is the winter weather.
Boulder, Colo., is another outdoor-friendly town, with plenty of bike trails and a stunning setting in the Rockies. Like Madison, it is a college town, which means there is always something going on, from concerts to classes. But the winters can be nasty.
The climate is more temperate in Portland, Ore., and there is still plenty to do outdoors amid the mountains and rivers.
Seattle, like Portland, has a temperate climate, though the winters especially can get rainy. Still, the mountains and the water provide plenty of opportunities to get out and do things -- when it is not pouring.
Another mountain paradise, Billings, Mont., is Number 5 on the Forbes list. However, it also can have very cold and snowy winters, and it can be harder to get to than some of the other cities on the list.
Ann Arbor, Mich., is home to the University of Michigan and plenty of opportunities to expand your mind and enjoy Big 10 sports. It also has one doctor for every 90 residents.
San Francisco is one of the country’s more expensive cities. But if you can afford it, there are plenty of chances to enjoy the outdoors, as well as the cultural and entertainment choices available in a world-class city.
Much of the outdoor activity in Sioux Falls, S.D., centers around the falls that give the city its name. Sioux Falls also has a high level of volunteerism and a low crime rate.
Eugene, Ore., is another college town, home to the University of Oregon. It also is a mecca for runners and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Lexington, Ky., is the site of the University of Kentucky and, with its location right in the middle of horse country, it has plenty to do whether you want to run yourself or just watch the thoroughbreds run.
Rounding out the rest of the Forbes Top 25 are:
- New York
- Salem, Ore.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Colorado Springs
- Fargo, N.D.
- Gainesville, Fla.
- San Jose, Calif.
- Salt Lake City
- Washington, D.C.
- Louisville, Ky.
- Boise, Idaho
- Milwaukee, Wisc.