Something about living in a smaller community brings back memories and gives one the impression that customs from the past are still alive and well. Whether it’s a reflection of their own past or a long-held vision of where they may finally plant roots, many retirees seek out such an ambiance. Reasons to retire in a small town include lower living costs, more security, better health, richer cultural opportunities, and greater ease of living. There are several communities that are well-suited to the demands of retirees looking for a less hectic way of life, however not all provide the optimal balance of these features.
A tiny town may have less than 10,000 people or it may have several times that many. Little towns may be defined by their physical characteristics, the kind of residents they attract, or the strong feeling of community they foster. This ranking takes into account a wide range of factors, including cost of living, crime statistics, accessibility of medical treatment, senior housing, recreational opportunities, transit options, and points of interest. The term “best” is subjective at its core.
The following are some of the greatest little towns in the United States to retire to or visit for the weekend.
South Carolina’s Greer
Greer, a community of 39,000 in upstate South Carolina, has managed to keep its small-town charm by focusing on its restored downtown area, making it accessible on foot, and installing charming twinkling lights. From a weekly farmers market and Thursday night food trucks to yearly festivals and holiday celebrations, this little town never lacks for things to do. Residents of Greer seldom have time to become bored because to the city’s abundance of restaurants, parks, and entertainment options.
The city is easily accessible because to its proximity to Greenville, which is home to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and Amtrak.
City of Coolidge, Arizona
Just over 14,700 people call this south-central Arizona town home; it’s located in the northern Sonoran Desert approximately 60 miles from Phoenix. For retirees who favor desert climates, whether for health reasons or personal desire, July is often the warmest month, with average temperatures of 106 degrees. The winters are mild, and snow is unusual.
Coolidge has a lower cost of living than the rest of the country and the state of Arizona combined. The tranquility and beauty of the surrounding environment are also major draws. The town’s prominence as the site of the first archaeological reserve in the United States is one phrazle reason why visitors flock there. Classes for community members interested in self-improvement, professional development, and creative expression are all available at Central Arizona College in Coolidge.
Location: Dillsboro, NC
At the southern entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this little village may be found on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Dillsboro, with a population of less than 300, has managed to preserve the quaint atmosphere of a railroad town from the 19th century. Its historic downtown is filled with restaurants, retail shops, and galleries owned by local artists and built over the course of many decades. Crafts are the focus of yearly celebrations.
Dillsboro has a cost of living that is around average for the United States. Dillsboro offers retirees the best of both worlds: the tranquility of a small town with access to year-round outdoor activities and the vibrancy of nearby Asheville.
Town of Fredericksburg, Texas
Fredericksburg, a community of around 11,000 people in Texas Hill Country, was established in 1846 by German immigrants, and the town’s cuisine, architecture, and culture reflect this background.
The city’s designation as a Dark Sky Town and associated efforts to reduce light pollution will appeal to stargazers, while the area’s more than 100 wineries will appeal to wine enthusiasts. Extreme seasonal shifts occur, from warm and dry summers to chilly and wet winters. The city caters to tourists with its many restaurants, hotels, museums, and nightlife options, as well as its many historical sites.
Both San Antonio and Austin are less than 70 miles apart from Fredericksburg, making them the nearest large cities.
Cedar Key, FL
Cedar Key is one of the tiniest and most endearing of Florida’s numerous quaint little communities. Florida offers minimal or no state income tax for retirees, and the cost of living in Cedar Key is reasonable.
Located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, this little town is known for its laid-back atmosphere. Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, in addition to its nearby nature trails and pristine natural setting, is a haven for ecotourists. Farm-raised clams and Florida oysters are available year-round, making this town a seafood lover’s paradise and a popular tourist destination (particularly in the winter). Both locals and tourists like the relaxed vibe and the many activities that take place throughout the year.
Highway 24 is the sole route into the town of Cottage Island, Florida, about an hour’s drive southwest of Gainesville.
Southern California; Paso Robles
Over 31,000 people call Paso Robles, California home, and it’s located about in the middle of the distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Its central business district is perfect for strolling thanks to the abundance of cafes, fine dining establishments, art galleries, breweries, wine bars, and other attractions. Wineries in the region are often located in bucolic settings, and many of them have picnic grounds nearby. Locally produced goods such as olive oil, seasonal fruits and vegetables, cheeses, herbs, and flowers are sold at a weekly farmers market.
The summers are pleasant, and there are a number of beaches and coastal towns within half an hour’s drive. Retirees who want to stay active may do so by taking advantage of the many surrounding opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, and other water sports.
Stroudsburg is a small town in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. Its historic downtown is filled with restaurants, wine bars, museums, galleries, boutiques, antique stores, and hotels, all within easy walking distance of one another.
Locally produced fruits and vegetables, honey, baked products, coffee, and more can all be found at the Monroe Farmers Market, which has been held seasonally in Stroudsburg since 1979. The Peaceful Valley Living Heritage Farm hosts tours, seminars, and other activities all year long on its 114 acres, and hosts an annual arts and crafts festival every August. Stroudsburg is a popular tourist destination because of the abundance of available lodging and the abundance of family-friendly attractions.
Mequon, Wisconsin, is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, approximately 15 miles north of Milwaukee. The town has a population of roughly 25,000. The region has a mix of open land, farmland, and residential neighborhoods, and it also features 25 parks and 5 golf courses for outdoor recreation.
The Village of Thiensville, with a population of around 3,200, is Mequon’s urban residential hub; it’s to be found along the Milwaukee River. It has the feel of a little town because to its restaurants, shops, and family-friendly activities including a Memorial Day parade, Fourth of July festival, Christmas tree lighting, and farmer’s market. The local Lions Club hosts a variety of activities every year, including a softball tournament, bingo, carnival rides, auto show, and chicken supper.
Place Name: Bristol, Vermont
Bristol is the prototypical New England little town, and as such, it attracts retirees who are looking for a quiet lifestyle and stunning natural surroundings.
Bristol is a small town in Vermont that sits at the base of the Green Mountains. Its National Historic District downtown is filled with restaurants, cafes, and shops selling souvenirs, local arts and crafts, apparel, and more. Some examples of local celebrations include a music festival in the summer, a street fair in the autumn, a harvest festival in the winter, and an outhouse race on Independence Day. Concerts by local bands in the summer on the village green date back to the Civil War.