What are the top places to live in for boomers age 50-plus? AARP The Magazine unveiled its annual list of the top five places to live in the U.S. with Atlanta, Beacon Hill in Boston, Milwaukee, Chandler, Ariz. and Portland, Ore. nabbing taking top honors. The magazine also named four places to watch -- Austin, Texas; Burlington, Vt.;
Mankato, Minn. and Traverse City, Mich. The selections were based on specific criteria for what makes a community livable: new urbanism, smart growth, mixed-use development and easy-living standards. This includes mass-transit systems so residents can drive less, expanded sidewalks to encourage walking, better health care and a wide range of mixed use housing.
A sophisticated metropolis with southern charm, Atlanta offers abundant volunteer and cultural opportunities. Retirees also appreciate the wide range of housing options.
Beacon Hill in Boston, Mass.
This historically genteel part of Boston is full of culture and great restaurants. The Beacon Hill Village provides concierge style access to a network of support services for aging residents including transportation, healthcare and entertainment.
Gracious desert living combined with an activist twist that encourages residents to get involved with the spirit of the town. A city climate and plenty of parks and open space provide ample recreation opportunities.
An example of urban renewal at its best, Milwaukee features picturesque river walks and affordable waterfront living.
European charm meets environmental nirvana in this environmentally progressive city. 50-plus residents love the miles of safe bike lanes and the revitalized Pearl District.
Additional information about this year's selections can be found at www.aarpmagazine.org.