Announces 10 Friendliest Places to Retire

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Great places to retire where making new friends is easy!

These 10 towns present an ideal environment for retiring boomers, since there are fewer cliques to break into and so many people looking to make new friends.

The nation’s 77 million baby boomers face a life-changing decision - finding a place to live once they retire. Making a good choice involves many considerations, but the most critical is to select a place that helps them fit in and feel welcome quickly. After all, moving is never easy, and neither is making friends and social contacts from scratch. Fortunately this new list from, “10 Friendliest Places to Retire”, can help.

The ten towns that made the final cut on this “Friendliest” list have one major thing in common: they are in fast growing areas that attract a high proportion of newly retired people. John Brady, who founded Topretirements, commented on the list: “All 10 towns present an ideal environment for retiring boomers, since there are fewer cliques to break into and so many people looking to make new friends."

Most of these towns are in the Sunbelt, where boomers are moving to escape cold winters and high taxes. They are all in small to medium size towns, where it is usually easier to become part of a social network. And lastly, all of these friendly places to retire have a variety of active adult and 55+ communities, all brimming with activities which make it so easy to meet new people.

The 10 Friendliest Places to Retire
1. The Villages, Florida. This was the fastest growing Metro in the U.S. between 2014-2015. Best of all, The Villages has hundreds and hundreds of activities, clubs, and sports that you can’t help but introduce you into new social circles!

2. Georgetown, Texas. The town has an impressive collection of well preserved Victorian and pre-WW1 downtown historic districts. Georgetown is just 27 miles from bustling Austin and has 5 city golf courses.

3. Punta Gorda, Florida. Has a small town feel (17,000 people), a sense of history, and isn’t quite as spread out as some of its more populous neighbors like Fort Myers.

4. Bluffton, South Carolina. This charming area near Hilton Head Island and Savannah is growing like crazy - it is in one of the top 20 fastest growing areas in the country.

5. Palm Coast, Florida. Many residents of this giant planned community on FL’s northeast coast are retired and love to meet new people.

6. St. Georges, Utah. Boomers by the thousands are retiring to southern Utah for the weather, the outdoor activities, and its plentiful National Parks.

7. Cary, North Carolina. Boomers are piling in to exciting new communities here in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

8. Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. This is just one place to retire in the bigger Myrtle Beach area, one of 20 fastest growing Metros in the U.S. This charming seacoast town is a livable size.

9. College Station, Texas. Retire here and enjoy living in a college town with Texas A & M and its many enthusiastic fans. Texas has no income tax, and that is plenty friendly, pardner!

10. Bradenton, Florida. Many new residents hail from the Midwest, and they bring their friendly nature with them. It is on the coast just above Sarasota and St. Petersburg.

To see the entire article and thousands of reviews of great places to retire of all types go to, “Find Your Best Place to Retire”.

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