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Best small towns for retirees in America

Stacker Logo By Mindy Charski and Kristen Wegrzyn of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: While many American retirees are remodeling their homes to help them age in place, others who have bid adieu to the workplace are seeking a new locale. With no shortage of choices, how do they decide?

Some ways to narrow down the list include moving closer to grandkids or choosing a vacation spot that has generated wonderful family memories over the years. Folks who get the blues from high taxes and cold weather can find plenty of tax-friendly, warmer settings to establish new roots. Likewise, those with aspirations of spending time on perfectly manicured greens with a club in hand have their pick of communities that cater to golf enthusiasts.

Big cities have advantages, but retirees shouldn’t overlook small towns. Many smaller communities enable residents to live a quiet lifestyle while offering plenty of cultural and recreational activities, restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Some towns offer advantages that appeal to denizens of all generations, like Del Mar, Calif., while others have been specifically designed for adults, like Cypress Lake, Fla.

To help retirees planning to move, Stacker referenced  Niche’s Best Places to Retire study, which lists America’s 50 small towns that offer the best retirements. A maximum of 10 towns from each state and towns with a population of fewer than 40,000 were considered for the rankings, which Niche calculated according to retiree representation, weather quality, cost and safety, access to healthy living, and a handful of other factors. For each town, Stacker has included the town’s resident population along with figures for median home value, median rent, and median household income.

Read on to see which small towns are among the best spots to retire in America.

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While many American retirees are remodeling their homes to help them age in place, others who have bid adieu to the workplace are seeking a new locale. With no shortage of choices, how do they decide?

Some ways to narrow down the list include moving closer to grandkids or choosing a vacation spot that has generated wonderful family memories over the years. Folks who get the blues from high taxes and cold weather can find plenty of tax-friendly, warmer settings to establish new roots. Likewise, those with aspirations of spending time on perfectly manicured greens with a club in hand have their pick of communities that cater to golf enthusiasts.

Big cities have advantages, but retirees shouldn’t overlook small towns. Many smaller communities enable residents to live a quiet lifestyle while offering plenty of cultural and recreational activities, restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Some towns offer advantages that appeal to denizens of all generations, like Del Mar, Calif., while others have been specifically designed for adults, like Cypress Lake, Fla.

To help retirees planning to move, Stacker referenced Niche’s Best Places to Retire study, which lists America’s 50 small towns that offer the best retirements. A maximum of 10 towns from each state and towns with a population of fewer than 40,000 were considered for the rankings, which Niche calculated according to retiree representation, weather quality, cost and safety, access to healthy living, and a handful of other factors. For each town, Stacker has included the town’s resident population along with figures for median home value, median rent, and median household income.

Click ahead to see which small towns are among the best spots to retire in America.

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