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Great places to retire where rent is under $1,000 a month

GOBankingRates Logo By Beth Rifkin of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 21: <p>If you're approaching age 65, you might be looking forward to retiring from your job and transitioning into a relaxing lifestyle that includes plenty of leisure activities. But if you're like most Americans who don't have enough saved for retirement, according to a <a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/retirement/half-americans-retire-broke/">recent GOBankingRates study</a>, you'll probably need an affordable place to live.</p><p>To find ideal cities for retirees with affordable housing options, GOBankingRates analyzed Zillow’s apartment data, scraped city census information for the population percentage over age 65, used a city's Walk Score to measure its walkability and checked each city's safety score from Neighborhood Scout. The following 20 cities have affordable rents, where an average one-bedroom apartment is under $1,000 per month, and have relatively low crime rates and high walkability scores, with a larger senior population.</p><p>Many of the cities here appear regularly on “top cities to live” lists, and combine the great outdoors with thriving downtown areas that offer modern amenities, restaurants and entertainment. Read on to find a comfortable place to retire among these 20 cities that <a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/retirement/best-worst-states-retire-rich-2016/">offer a great quality of life and low cost of living</a>.</p>

These cities offer many activities and lower costs

If you're approaching age 65, you might be looking forward to retiring from your job and transitioning into a relaxing lifestyle that includes plenty of leisure activities. But if you're like most Americans who don't have enough saved for retirement, according to a recent GOBankingRates study, you'll probably need an affordable place to live.

To find ideal cities for retirees with affordable housing options, GOBankingRates analyzed Zillow’s apartment data, scraped city census information for the population percentage over age 65, used a city's Walk Score to measure its walkability and checked each city's safety score from Neighborhood Scout. The following 20 cities have affordable rents, where an average one-bedroom apartment is under $1,000 per month, and have relatively low crime rates and high walkability scores, with a larger senior population.

Many of the cities here appear regularly on “top cities to live” lists, and combine the great outdoors with thriving downtown areas that offer modern amenities, restaurants and entertainment.

Click ahead to find a comfortable place to retire among these 20 cities that offer a great quality of life and low cost of living.

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