What are some good small towns for retirement?


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Good small towns for retirement include Burlington, Vermont; Athens, Georgia; and Bellingham, Washington; according to AARP in 2013. Each place has a population of less than 100,000 and offers culture and relatively solid economies.

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What are some good small towns for retirement?
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Burlington, on Lake Champlain, offers fishing, sailing and kayaking, explains AARP. It has a variety of dining options and artistic experiences, and the University of Vermont injects energy into the area and provides retirees with a possible source of part-time work. Potential downsides are the cold winters, high taxes and pricey housing.

Athens boasts architecture that includes Victorian and antebellum, says AARP. It oozes history with 16 historic districts, and the 300-acre botanical garden is a good place to smell the roses and enjoy life at a slower pace. Retirees who want a taste of bigger-city life once in a while travel only 70 miles to Atlanta. Athens' musical scene thrives, and it is home to the University of Georgia and the Georgia Museum of Art. Opportunities for golfing, hiking and bicycling abound.

Views in Bellingham include killer whales in Puget Sound, says AARP. Western Washington University injects plenty of vibrancy and culture into Bellingham. Crime is low, and life expectancy is high. However, the closest medical center is 50 miles away, and the nearby active volcano Mount Baker stands poised to wreak havoc in the area if it erupts.

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