Traverse City, Michigan (Alamy)By Jason Notte

NEW YORK -- Retirement restricted to Arizona or Florida was just fine for the Greatest Generation, but their kids want more.

The World War II generation grew up in cities during the Depression, headed to the suburbs after the war and retired in the sunshine -- so the American fable goes. Ensuing generations raised their kids in the suburbs, sent them off to college and suddenly found themselves with two incomes and no kids. Warm coastal life is still alluring, but dinners out, wine tastings, movies under the stars and full-service buildings with elevators, free gyms, window washers, delis and convenience stores downstairs and the occasional free meal in the lobby have just as much appeal.

For a generation that wants to set the Wayback Machine to 30 or 40 years ago, just about any affordable location that isn't in a remote suburb or Good School District, USA, will do. We consulted with the American Association of Retired People, the Census Bureau and the National Association of Realtors and found 10 cities that may not fit the golf-carts-and-community-game-nights stereotype, but reward retirees who aspire to more than socks, sandals and a sensible early bird special:


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Carly

Retirement and Good Living just released its 2013 selections for best places to retire
Check it out at
retirementandgoodliving.com/best-retirement-locations-in-the-us-2013/

February 20 2013 at 10:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Savage

I was born and raised in Traverse City 65 years ago. A lot has changed in that time, but TC is still one of the best places to live, raise a family, and retire. That handsome cherry/grape farmer in the pic is my "cousin/brother," Dan Dohm. He was born and raised on that farm, and is a 4th generation fruit farmer. (He also winters in Florida :-) We "aboriginals" are aghast at the promo/profile that TC has been getting as of late! We enjoy winter only because it "weeds out the weak." If not for winter.... over a million people would be living here! Go South!

October 04 2012 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Savage

I was born and raised in Traverse City 65 years ago. A lot has changed in that time, but it is still one of the best places to live, raise a family, and retire in the entire USA. The handsome cherry/grape farmer in the pic is my "cousin/brother," Dan Dohm. He is a 4th generation fruit farmer and has lived on that property most of his life. (He also winters in Florida :-) We "aboriginals" are aghast at the promo/profile that TC is getting as of late! We are thankful for winter, but only because it "weeds out the weak." If not for winter...there would be at least a million people living here! :-) Go South!

October 04 2012 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Savage

I was born and raised in Traverse City 65 years ago. A lot has changed in that time, but it is still one of the best places to live, raise a family, and retire in the entire USA. The handsome cherry/grape farmer in the pic is my "cousin/brother," Dan Dohm. He is a 4th generation fruit farmer and has lived on that property most of his life. (He also winters in Florida :-) We "aboriginals" are aghast at the promo/profile that TC is getting as of late! We are thankful for winter, but only because it "weeds out the weak." If not for winter...there would be at least a million people living here! :-) Go South!

October 04 2012 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
to your email L

Places with stormy winters or humid summers..........I'll pass
I'll stay in So. Cal. barely maybe Hawaii

September 22 2012 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redwingirish

Just move to oakland! You will be dead within 2 weeks and you won't have to worry anymore!

September 18 2012 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gov111w

I have enjoyed four seasons all my life, it is real for me. Warm weather places seem so boringly predicable I think different strokes for different folks. What ever makes you happy !!!

September 18 2012 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
patricia720205

WHO MADE UP THIS LIST??????? WHY RETIRE IN A COLD WEATHER CITY????? THE N.W. UNITED STATES????? WHERE IT RAINS ALL THE TIME.....MAYBE S.C. OR N.C.....YES TO CENTRAL FL. OR THE EAST OR WEST COAST OF FL......RETIRE WHERE YOU HAVE DECENT WEATHER ALL YEAR ROUND....

September 17 2012 at 7:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Koz

Wow any city in Massachusetts was not on the list, good; because there is no place here that would like to retire in. If your luck 4 months out of the years are great another 4 are ok then 4 outright suck.

September 17 2012 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fred

Greater Metropolitan Louisville, Ky. area is way better than at least 50% of these places.

September 17 2012 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply