10 Great College Towns For Retirees
College towns are popular retirement destinations because they offer great amenities like places to eat, things to do, diverse communities, and lots of sports games for weekend entertainment.
We’ve come up with a list of 10 great college towns for retirees around the country. Enjoy!
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor is the beautiful home of the Michigan Wolverines and the Big House, the largest stadium in the country. The summers aren’t too warm, but you’ll need to be prepared for cold and snowy winters if you decide to settle there.
University of Georgia
Athens is home to the Georgia Bulldogs and while it gets pretty hot in the summer it’s consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best college towns. Athens is particularly known for its art and music scenes: R.E.M and the B-52’s got their start there. If you’re an artsy person, you won’t be bored in Athens.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley is nationally regarded as one of the most beautiful college towns in the country. Berkeley is home to the Cal Golden Bears, and is known for its great food and free thinking.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Home to the Colorado Buffaloes, this mountain town is a great place to hike and go on outdoor adventures. It’s also home to many music and film festivals. The cost of living in Boulder is above average, but it’s known for offering a high quality of life, health, and well-being.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill is part of the “triangle” of three great college towns, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, all about half an hour apart. Chapel Hill is another great place for food, soul food in particular, and the campus and surrounding areas are beautiful. On top of that, the Tar Heels’ rivalry with Duke just down the road leads to some memorable game day experiences.
University of Virginia
Charlottesville is beautiful and filled with history, having been the home of three of our founding fathers. Even if you’re not a history buff, you’ll find great architecture, food, and music there.
University of Oregon
Eugene, also known as “The Emerald City,” is the home of the Oregon Ducks. It’s known for its natural beauty and outdoor sports, as well as its thriving art scene.
Ithaca, New York
Ithaca, home to Cornell of the Ivy League, is right on the end of the longest finger lake in New York. It’s known both for the college and for its scenic outdoor views, with many beautiful lakes and waterfalls.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, home of the Badgers, is said to have the largest number of restaurants per capita in the country, so it’s a great place to find somewhere to eat. There are also plenty of museums to visit, and game day traditions in Madison are one-of-a-kind.
State College, Pennsylvania
The last on our list of great college towns to retire to is State College, home of the Nittany Lions. Penn State’s University Park is the biggest campus of the Pennsylvania system, and one of the largest in the nation. There is a lot to keep you busy, from food, to sports, to arts. It’s also known as one of the safest places to live in the country.
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the great college towns in our country, but it’s a start. If college towns aren’t on your list of possible retirement destinations, you should give them some consideration. College towns are great places for people of any age, especially those who are looking for variety and fun.
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