4 emerging southern cities, perfect for retirees

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If you’re getting ready for retirement and considering a move to a warmer climate, the southern US may be at the top of your list. Unfortunately, not all cities in the South are ideal for retirees. Keep reading as we explore some up-and-coming South American cities that are perfect for retirees.

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These cities all have reasonable costs of living, entertainment options, and a healthy healthcare system.

If you’re not tied to the US South, these up-and-coming retirement cities may pique your interest.

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville may be starting to break out of its nascent status, but it’s still worth a spot on this list. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this North Carolina town has become popular with all generations. And while home prices are rising, they are still below many other popular cities for retirees.

Asheville has a great craft brewery and restaurant scene, ideal for anyone looking for entertainment. Plus, it’s close to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and many other areas for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping. Although many southern cities can get quite hot and humid during the summer months, the higher elevation makes Asheville a little more bearable.

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Greenville, South Carolina

The cost of living in Greenville is low compared to other popular locations in the South. The median home value is just over $308,000, making it much more affordable than a city like Charleston.

Downtown Greenville has a vibrant dining and entertainment scene, making it enjoyable for you and your family when they visit. In addition, Greenville offers many activities through Senior Action. Clubs, social events, arts and crafts and other options can be a great way to stay active and meet new people with similar interests.

“Greenville offers a vibrant downtown with a variety of dining and entertainment options, appealing to retirees seeking an active social life,” said David Blain, chartered financial analyst (CFA), CEO and founder of BlueSky Wealth Advisors.

“Additionally, the cost of living in Greenville is lower than the national average, making it a financially viable option for many retirees,” he said. “Health care facilities are robust, with branches of major hospital systems ensuring access to quality care, an important consideration as one ages.”

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas, Fayetteville has a lot to offer retired seniors. The city has a thriving arts scene and an endless supply of great restaurants and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep the active person busy all year round.

With more than 100 miles of paved and off-road bike trails, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) recently named Fayetteville the nation’s first “cycling city.”

“Fayetteville offers a unique blend of small-town charm with the amenities of a larger city, thanks to its proximity to the University of Arkansas,” said John Crist, CEO of Prestizia Insurance.

“It offers cultural events and educational opportunities that are ideal for active retirees,” he said. “The cost of living in Fayetteville is relatively lower compared to more established retirement havens in the South, such as Florida cities, making it a financially sensible choice for many.”

Chattanooga, Tenn

Recently named the best place to retire in the South by Southern Living Magazine, it’s easy to see why the South’s “Scenic City” is becoming a hotspot. Located along the Tennessee River, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep yourself busy.

Chattanooga also has an extremely vibrant arts scene with several museums and many art and music festivals throughout the year. Plus, foodies will love all the local restaurants serving everything from delicious barbecue dishes to Mexican street food.

“Kottanooga, known as the ‘Scenic City,’ offers numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, rowing and biking, and is well suited for retirees seeking an active lifestyle,” says Crist.

“The presence of quality healthcare facilities and affordable housing options further enhances its appeal. Financially, the cost of living in Chattanooga is approximately 5% lower than the national average, yet provides access to all necessary amenities.”

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