Each year, AARP The Magazine hits the highway and travels across the country to discover the most desirable locales for people over 50. This year, our team of experts took the challenge a step further – to uncover the best places to live on a mere $30,000 that offer great eats, fun freebies, sporting opportunities and a fulfilling experience for older Americans.
“Our readers are interested in living their best lives without spending a fortune,” said Robert Love, Editor in Chief of AARP The Magazine. “Each year we aim to find new locations packed with affordable opportunities appealing to the 50+ audience and these are some of the places where this is happening.”
The ten cities selected by AARP The Magazine as the most livable, budget-friendly places in the United States, where 50+ Americans can live in comfort, no matter the size of their savings account are:
- Bangor, ME - Louisville, KY
- Daytona/Deltona/Ormond Beach, FL - Pocatello, ID
- Erie, PA - Pueblo, CO
- Grand Rapids, MI - Sherman/Denison, TX
- Greenville, SC - South Bend, IN
Five of these cities are featured in the October/November issue of AARP The Magazine (in homes October 1 st), and the full list is available online now at www.aarp.org/magazine.
In determining the 2013 list, AARP The Magazine looked at a number of financial factors – including median prices for homes, property taxes and mortgage – as well as the intangibles such as wallet-friendly entertainment and the best local eateries. The following offers a glimpse into why each of our top ten made the final cut:
•Median home price: $110,400
•Median property tax: $1,303
•Great eating: Pop in to Geaghan’s for Sunday breakfast; Maine blueberry pancakes cost $5.59.
•Favorite freebie: Every summer the American Folk Festival brings three days of free music to the Waterfront
Daytona/Deltona/Ormond Beach, Florida
•Median home price: $108,900
•Median property tax: $1,161
•Great eating: Try Tia Cori’s Tacos on North Beach in Daytona; tacos start at $1.50, margaritas are $4.
•Favorite freebie: The Art League of Daytona Beach
•Median home price: $106,600
•Median property tax: $1,899
•Great eating: Don’t pass on the pierogis at Dubrowski’s Deli and Restaurant, where there are seven varieties of the 1/4 pounders
•Favorite freebie: The 75-foot observation deck at Presque Isle State Park
Grand Rapids, MI
•Median home price: $114,200
•Median property tax: $1,830
•Great eating: Hoist a craft beer at HopCat, currently ranked the nation’s No. 1 brew pub
•Favorite Freebie: The international ArtPrize competition brings world-class art downtown
•Median home price: $127,600
•Median property tax: $753
•Great eating: Munch on a petit pain for 65 cents at Legrand Bakery
•Favorite Freebie: Parking on Main Street, trolley rides, downtown Wi-Fi and admission to the Greenville County Art Museum
•Median home price: $128,200
•Median property tax: $1,116
•Great eating: Swing by Muth’s Candies to savor the Bourbon Balls and famous Modjeskas, a marshmallow-caramel treat named after a 1920s Polish actress
•Favorite Freebie: Yoga classes offered in Cherokee, Shelby and Rubel parks
•Median home price: $127,500
•Median property tax: $1,179
•Great eating: Try a latte and hear live music at the Co Ho
•Favorite freebie: Self-guided walking tours downtown offer an up-close look at historic buildings and architectural landmarks
•Median home price: $102,600
•Median property tax: $765
•Great eating: Known for the distinctive Mira Sol green chile peppers that grow here, the city is famous for its sloppers – a cheeseburger slathered in green chili.
•Favorite freebie: Take in all three miles of the Pueblo Levee Mural Project‚ which holds a Guinness Book of World Records’ distinction as being the world’s largest continuous painting
•Median home price: $79,400
•Median property tax: $1,158
•Great eating: BBQ fans swear by the traditional pulled-pork sandwich at the Cackle & Oink
•Favorite freebie: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge boasts an impressive 338 species of birds, 36 species of mammals, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 61 species of fish
South Bend, IN
•Median home price: $82,500
•Median property tax: $846
•Great eating: Cheeseburgers at CJ’s Pub are so beloved they’re even sold in area supermarkets
•Favorite freebie: Campus tours of Notre Dame, including its famous Grotto, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and “Touchdown Jesus”
Additional information on AARP The Magazine’s 2013 list of the Best Places to Live can be found in the October/November issue or online at www.aarp.org/magazine.
SOURCE: AARP PRNewswire. Published on October 17, 2013.