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large numbers of retirement age people. Worth noting is the impact retiree migration has on populations. For many states, new retirees change the total composition of those states’ populations. In turn, this causes an impact on the business and services growth, thus providing work or volunteer opportunities, important for many seniors with limited incomes.

Fuller then provided one location in each of the above-mentioned states. “All five,” she says, “have been featured in recent issues of Where to Retire and in America’s 100 Best Places to Retire,” available on and at

Boynton Beach, Florida

This city, 60 miles north of Miami, used to be known for its tomato and pineapple growing, but today is lauded for being the more affordable part of the Palm Beach area. It has nearly 40 municipal parks and some of the best fishing in all of Florida due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream. One retiree who relocated from Long Branch, New Jersey, says, “It’s amazing the number of new friends we’ve made.”

Prescott, Arizona

With a population of about 50,000, Prescott is the perfect size for many retirees. It’s only 100 miles north of Phoenix, so big-city amenities are close by.

Established in 1864, Prescott is among the most historic cities in the state and puts on what they call the World’s Oldest Rodeo, started in 1888. Good hiking trails and lakes are here, too. One retiree says that Prescott is the Goldilocks of Arizona. “We checked out the other Arizona cities like Tucson, which was too hot, and Flagstaff, which was too cold, but Prescott was just right,” she says.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston on the Atlantic coast, and its nearby community of Summerville, are among the most popular cities in the country for attracting retirees right now. Its Colonial history is well-established, with its founding dating to 1670. Its downtown is extremely walkable, with restaurants serving updated versions of classic Southern foods, and bars offering craft cocktails.

Even with all these attractions, the cost of living is affordable. One couple, who relocated here from Rockville, Maryland, told Where to Retire that they used to pay nearly $8,000 a year in property taxes, but today, they pay less than $2,000.

New Bern, North Carolina

New Bern, at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, is just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, as well. Relocating retirees have increased the population, which has more than doubled since 1980; today, it’s around 30,000. At least three master-planned communities are here, allowing retirees to make instant friends. A relocated retiree from Los Angeles says that New Bern’s residents have strong civic values. “It was just a vibe, a feeling of being comfortable,” he said. “It was a feeling of America.”

Henderson, Nevada

When relocated retirees here want Las Vegas, they can get there within a few minutes, and then come back home to relax.

Many people don’t understand that the area has nature, mountains and wildlife – and that it is not blazing hot year-round. “I love the warm and I hate the cold, so this is perfect,” one retiree says. Active-adult and all-ages master-planned communities are numerous here, with lots of golf, walking trails and friendly neighbors. Many national parks are nearby, too.

Of course, there’s a comfort level staying where we are, familiar with what’s around us and where to find just about everything. But change is also good, although research and testing pay off. One retiree followed her children as they moved around the country four times, and then called it quits. She then chose a place where she had made lots of friends, was involved in a variety of activities, and felt content.

Lives take unexpected turns. Your retirement may be an opportunity to find a different lifestyle, extend your circle of friends, or dive into something you always wanted to do. The right place can help make that happen. •