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Best small towns for retirees in America

  • #20: Fountain Hills, Arizona

    - Population: 24,490
    - Median home value: $404,800 (79% own)
    - Median rent: $1,233 (21% rent)
    - Median household income: $81,537

    This safe, master-planned community in Maricopa County holds numerous community events throughout the year and is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The town, known for its large fountain, is an International Dark Sky Community, a designation given to places that “promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship.”

  • #19: Sun City West, Arizona

    - Population: 25,444
    - Median home value: $201,900 (88% own)
    - Median rent: $1,243 (12% rent)
    - Median household income: $47,739

    This unincorporated community near Phoenix was founded in 1978 by Del Webb. In addition to its seven golf courses, Sun City West offers amenities like adult learning opportunities, organized trips, more than 100 clubs, and four recreation centers.

  • #18: Sewall's Point, Florida

    - Population: 2,102
    - Median home value: $719,900 (96% own)
    - Median rent: $2,162 (4% rent)
    - Median household income: $138,068

    Sewall's Point thrives on the water. Surrounded on three sides by the St. Lucie River as well as the Indian River Lagoon, Sewall's Point is known for its stunning natural beauty, wildlife, and green space. It has beautiful year-round weather, parks, and nearby beaches.

  • #17: West Lake Hills, Texas

    - Population: 3,314
    - Median home value: $979,200 (79% own)
    - Median rent: $1,445 (21% rent)
    - Median household income: $165,375

    This hilly, four-square-mile patch of Texas is conveniently located near Austin's downtown and two Austin gems Zilker Metropolitan Park and Lady Bird Lake. West Lake Hills received a 2019 Certified Scenic City award, which recognizes cities that demonstrate a “commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and spaces.”

  • #16: Indian River Shores, Florida

    - Population: 4,142
    - Median home value: $683,400 (97% own)
    - Median rent: $1,119 (3% rent)
    - Median household income: $115,478

    This small town sits on Indian River County’s barrier island located off the coast of Central Florida. With its fantastic weather, safe community, and direct beach access, it is a wonderful spot for outdoor activities and wellness. It’s very close to the bustling beach community of Vero Beach, which means active retirees will always have something to do.

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  • #15: High Point, Florida

    - Population: 3,704
    - Median home value: $70,100 (82% own)
    - Median rent: $913 (18% rent)
    - Median household income: $36,386

    High Point is a community that sits on Florida's Gulf coast, not far from Tampa Bay's pulsing metropolis. Seniors love the warm weather and quaint downtown, plus it’s one of the most affordable places in the nation, with home values far below the national median.

  • #14: Dutch Island, Georgia

    - Population: 1,013
    - Median home value: $503,000 (100% own)
    - Median rent: National$949 (0% rent)
    - Median household income: $123,281

    Dutch Island, situated on the outskirts of Savannah, is like stepping into another world. The tight-knit island community was built along 500 acres of pristine natural beauty and prides itself as a perfect place for retirees thanks to its quiet and serene atmosphere. Dutch Islandis small, with just 480 homes, and offers plenty of activities from tennis and beach volleyball to boating, hiking, and a community pool.

  • #13: Windy Hills, Kentucky

    - Population: 2,297
    - Median home value: $257,600 (97% own)
    - Median rent: $1,542 (3% rent)
    - Median household income: $94,145

    Home to early pioneer families, Windy Hills has a 3.5-mile paved loop for walking enthusiasts and offers community events throughout the year. Known as a “City of Historic Homes,” visitors can view the exteriors of houses built as early as 1790.

  • #12: Garden City, South Carolina

    - Population: 10,070
    - Median home value: $140,200 (77% own)
    - Median rent: $975 (23% rent)
    - Median household income: $43,920

    Garden City is a prime spot for crabbing and fishing because of its access to the Atlantic Ocean and Murrells Inlet. The community’s 668-foot-long fishing pier provides an ideal spot for anglers during the day and acts as a live-music venue during summer evenings. For anyone considering a move to Garden City Beach, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce offers a relocation guide.

  • #11: Leland Grove, Illinois

    - Population: 1,457
    - Median home value: $222,300 (96% own)
    - Median rent: $950 (4% rent)
    - Median household income: $108,750

    Leland Grove is just minutes away from Springfield and all the restaurants, attractions, and shopping the state capital has to offer. A 2013 regional planning commission report noted that Leland Grove’s “high-quality residential character represents its greatest strength,” and that its “community spirit is a valuable asset.”

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