What is it about small towns that evoke nostalgia for all of us? It might be the quaint main streets, friendly atmosphere, and town traditions. A lot of people looking to retire want this kind of place to settle down in for retirement. There are many things to consider when looking for a place to retire like safety, affordability, culture, and also comfort. Small towns usually have a population of 10,000 or fewer, and these are the best small towns to consider for retirement.
Greer, South Carolina
While this upstate South Carolina town has a population of 33,000, it still has that small-town feel. It has a lovely and revitalized downtown, restaurants, farmers’ market every week, and Thursday night food trucks. Greer also holds festivals, concerts, holiday gatherings, and many recreational activities.
Founded in 1846 by German immigrants, this Texas Hill Country town has plenty of food, architecture, and culture to offer. There are over 100 wineries in the area, and if that’s not enough, the city is aiming to become a Dark Sky Community and strives to minimize light pollution. Best of all, it’s a very safe area with low crime rates.
Cedar Key, Florida
Cedar Key is one of the most adorable and charming little towns Florida has to offer, and is perfect for retirees thanks to the state’s lack of income tax. Cedar Key has a low to moderate cost of living. Its population is less than 10,000 and its quiet, safe, and laid back. Nearby you can visitCedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, nature trails, and beautiful environments. There is delicious seafood readily available and Florida oysters available year-round.
Located 15 miles north of Milwaukee and right on the western coast of Lake Michigan, Mequon boasts farms, lots of open space, and single family residences. There are 25 parks and 5 golf courses, so there’s plenty of ways to spend time outdoors. Annual events held here include carnival rides, bingo, softball tournament, and more.
Bristol is the quintessential New England small town which is perfect for retiring for those willing to deal with a cold (but picturesque) winter. With a population of under 2000, this tiny town has everything you’d want: an old-timey style downtown with coffee shops, stores, and more. Recycling here is picked up by a horse and wagon!