As a young adult currently living in a college town, I can honestly say that I absolutely love it. There’s always something going on, there’s a nice touch of diversity, great places to eat, art exhibits and it’s a town that’s pretty good sized, but without too much bustle and hustle.
For some baby boomers, the time is coming for retirement. The days of long working hours and hard-earned wages are finally coming to an end, coming full circle from the colleges where they go their degrees. Many baby boomers loved their college years; they may not necessarily want to relive them, but many still enjoyed their college tenures.
With this in mind, it’s important to remember that where you would like to retire is solely based on personal preferences. If you lived in the city for 30+ years, you may want to retire to a quiet, smaller town. If you lived up north your whole life, you may want to get away from the 40 inches of snow a year. And finally, for some retirees, you may want to return to their alma mater’s location. It’s all solely personal preference.
Denton, Texas is home to two universities, Texas Women’s University and the University of North Texas. Denton is an attractive place for a few reasons. First and foremost, Denton is located in the northernmost part of the DFW Metroplex, which means a 30 minute drive to the south will put you in Dallas, and a 10 minute drive to the north will put you in the country. Keep going north, too, and you’ll be at the Winstar Casino and Resort in Oklahoma in less than an hour.
As with most places in Texas the cost of living is very affordable. The fairly mild winters will appeal to northerners, but make sure you like hot summers, because the average summer high in July and August is around 95 (according to www.city-data.com, and you’ll be sure to see more than a few days over 100.
Eugene, Oregon is home to the University of Oregon, with a student enrollment around 17,000. Eugene is a great choice for a college town for more than a couple of reasons. For starters, it’s the birthplace of Nike. I’m not sure if there’s any correlation between that and the fact that Eugene has an extensive park system complete with numerous biking, running, and hiking trails that are perfect for seniors.
Continuing on the activities trend, Oregon is famous for its golfing scene. Any why not golf when you enjoy the weather that Eugene residents do? Eugene sees more rainfall on average between November and April than most cities in the U.S. but you’ll be hard pressed to have a round of golf ruined by rain in the summer months.
Princeton, New Jersey
Princeton is a great choice for seniors planning on retiring for many reasons. For starters, Princeton enjoys a very low crime rate (about three times less than the U.S. average), and it’s a town rich in culture. Seniors who plan on retiring to this New Jersey haven will be sure to get a good dose of American history.
Unlike the other two places on this list, Princeton doesn’t share the same great weather as the other two towns, but because it’s a smaller town (population around 14,000) retirees will be sure to get some much needed peace. Not fond of a small town setting? No worries. It’s only 10 miles to Trenton, New Jersey, 31 miles to Staten Island, New York, and 36 miles from Philadelphia.