It turns out that some of the best small towns in the country to retire in may be found near the outskirts of some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. More and more city dwellers nearing retirement age are contemplating a shorter distance to their end-of-work destination and are not crossing the state line. Rather, retirees are moving to the outskirts of the major city they worked in for decades, to smaller communities that offer a lower cost of living and a much slower pace.
Living in Metro Areas Has Advantages
Living in a small town just outside of or near a metropolitan area has its advantages and provides the retiree with the best of both worlds. Not only do you reap the benefit of a lower cost of living, but are close enough to the city to take advantage of the wide variety of cultural events, shopping and dining options, and major medical and healthcare facilities. Why live in a remote area with access to virtually nothing, when you can live among the outskirts or suburbs of a metro area and remain close to friends, family and loved ones.
Here are just some of the advantages and benefits of retiring in a small town near a metro area:
Cheaper Property Taxes than the City
Many areas just outside a major metropolitan city offer less expensive property taxes than in the epicenter of the sprawling jungle. Some suburbs long the outskirts of the city offer exemptions for seniors that can help with the budget and save retirees a lot of cold hard cash. Before picking up and relocating, be sure to investigate the savings that may be acquired by moving to a specific area not too far from where you are currently living. Huge savings may be hiding just around the corner.
Easy Access to Healthcare Facilities
More and more retirees are taking healthcare into consideration when choosing a place to relocate to during retirement. Rather than moving to a remote location hundreds of miles from a medical facility, the suburbs of a large metro area provide convenient access to state-of-the-art hospitals and medical centers. Specialists and general practitioners are even opening up a second location in the suburbs to provide easy access for their patients.
Enjoyment of a Relaxed Lifestyle
Moving out the city provides a more relaxed atmosphere, but for those not willing to completely give it up, urban therapy is just a stone’s throw away. It is a welcomed option to be able to take in a collegiate sports event or world-renowned ballet performance in the hub of the city and then travel a short distance to the quiet and peaceful neighborhood you call home. Rather than living among the buzz, you can enjoy a relaxing lifestyle not too far away.
Familiarity of the Location
One of the most popular reasons for retirees to move a short distance to their retirement destination as opposed to relocating across country is familiarity. Let’s face it – people like familiarity, it’s comfortable. Besides, if you have friends and family members still in the area, why move far away from them. By relocating to the suburb or small town just outside the city, you remain close enough to your grandkids to visit every weekend if you or they desire. It is nice to stay close to your current home because you know your way around and can pop into your favorite coffee house or restaurant where the wait staff knows your ‘usual.’
55 Plus Community Availability
Retirement community planners and engineers are focusing their attention on small towns that surround metro areas. While well-designed retirement communities near the beach and remote Arizona desert do still exist, the demand on senior living arrangements just outside the city are putting the pressure on designers to construct full-service retirement neighborhoods and 55 plus communities along the metro boundary. The outer edges of large cities offer inexpensive land and a cheaper cost of living, making the areas appealing to retirement community contractors. See 55 Community Guide
Rather than moving across country or state lines to enjoy retirement, many are peering just outside their doorstep to the familiar grounds nearby. The best of both worlds may be closer than you think.
By Robert Fowler