The Villages in Florida, Sun City Hilton Head in South Carolina and On Top of the World in Florida are all communities highly rated by 55Places.com for people 55 and older. The Federal Housing for Older Persons Act allows for 55 and older communities if at least 80 percent of the community's homes are occupied by people at least 55 and the community conducts a regular census to verify ages, notes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Villages in Lake County, Florida, is a 55 and older community created in 1978 that spans 20,000 acres and contains an estimated 56,268 households, according to 55Places.com. The community was built to be self-sustaining and has restaurants, shops, lakes, recreational facilities and 32 golf courses, as well as seven different categories of homes.
Sun City Hilton Head is located in Bluffton, South Carolina, and is the largest 55 and older community in the state, explains 55Pplaces.com. There are over 8,000 homes in the community, ranging from townhouses to single family homes. The grounds have three golf courses, a fitness center and a performing arts center.
On Top of the World is a community in Ocala, Florida, that has 10,000 homes that range from under $100,000 to the low $300,000s, states 55Places.com. Residents have access to multiple recreational facilities, three golf courses and fields for flying and racing remote-controlled planes and cars.