There is no surprise that the number one fastest growing city for old people is Phoenix. Always a magnet for retirees because of the warm weather, Phoenix real estate prices plummeted during the recession but have made a strong comeback since. You could say the same for Las Vegas, the 3rd fastest growing city for retirees; and number two Portland, OR’s mild climate, excellent healthcare and a vibrant lifestyle seems to attract everyone, young and old.
At number four, Detroit is something of a surprise as it has been losing overall population for years. Perhaps the fact that retirees in the area have lost so much of their home values that they cannot afford to move elsewhere accounts for the skewing of the population to the older end of the spectrum. The South and Southwest solidify positions five through nine on the list with, in order, Raleigh, Atlanta, Tucson, Jacksonville, FL and Richmond. (We’ll ignore #10 Grand Rapids, MI.) Raleigh is popular because it is surrounded by major universities with major medical schools and hospitals; and the climate supports year round golf. Jacksonville, although in Florida, tends to have a more temperate climate than the rest of the state, and it offers plenty of big city services, including a professional football team (but not yet a very good one), without feeling like a big city. The surrounding golf communities, including out on Amelia Island, provide a nice alternative to other coastal areas (and, for those who need it, no state income tax).
We have long scratched our head about Richmond, which hasn’t exactly seemed like a magnet for retirees but features all the services retirees would want (although the city’s golf communities seem to have grown more organically than in other areas of the South, more like neighborhoods than planned developments). Probably the best golf course in the state, Kinloch, is just outside of Richmond and across the street from a 36-hole private golf club in a community called Hermitage.
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