If you’re trying to figure out where the best place to retire is, you might want to consider a large city. It’s true that the cost of living can be high in some big metro areas, but the long list of amenities they offer can make them more livable. The key, though, when retiring to a big city, is choosing the right neighborhood.
To find the best neighborhoods for retirees across the U.S., According to GOBankingRates that looked at the 75 largest cities in the country, then identified places that had a high livability rating and a high percentage of adults over age 65.
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16. Cedar Isles Dean — Minneapolis, Minn.
Residents over 65: 13.3 percent
Livability score: 73
This neighborhood in western Minneapolis is bordered by three lakes: Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. Lots of amenities — including several parks, restaurants and entertainment options — make it very livable. U.S. News & World Report scored Minneapolis as one of the best places to live in 2017.
However, home prices and rents are higher in this neighborhood than in other parts of Minneapolis, and the region’s cold winters might be unappealing to some retirees.
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15. Bixby Knolls — Long Beach, Calif.
Residents over 65: 13.5 percent
Livability score: 77
Retirees might appreciate that this neighborhood, in what is known as Uptown Long Beach, is walkable and bike-friendly. It’s undergone a renaissance over the last several years, and now has several community events such as the First Fridays art and music showcase and groups such as a literary society and walking club. In addition to lots of amenities, Bixby Knolls has warm weather and a low crime rate, and is close to the beach.