AARP’s Five Best Cities for Seniors and Baby Boomers :

  • Atlanta, GA: A sophisticated metropolis with southern charm, Atlanta offers abundant volunteer and cultural opportunities. Older residents don’t care for Atlanta’s sticky-hot summers, but they appreciate the wide range of housing options. 
  • Portland, OR: European charm meets environmental nirvana in this environmentally progressive city. Portland’s 50+ residents may not like having 155 days of rain each year, but they love the miles of safe bike lanes and the many charming neighborhoods, including a revitalized Pearl District.Portland also tops the list in another survey, 50 Best Cities for Seniors.


  • Chandler, AZ: Gracious desert living combined with an activist twist that encourages residents to get involved with the spirit of the town. Downsides in Chandler include inadequate public transportation that still makes driving a necessity, but plenty of parks and open space provide ample recreation opportunities. 
  • Beacon Hill in Boston, MA: This historically genteel part of Boston is full of culture and great restaurants. Seniors complain about Boston’s cold winters and high housing costs, but the Beacon Hill Village provides aging residents with concierge style access to a network of support services, including transportation, healthcare and entertainment. 
  • Milwaukee, WI: An example of urban renewal at its best, Milwaukee features picturesque river walks and affordable waterfront living. Older residents don’t like shoveling snow during those long Wisconsin winters, but they applaud innovative programs in Milwaukee that help retirees stay fit for free and age in place.

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