Boomers are escaping pricey large cities for smaller, more affordable towns in order to beat the recession.

According to bestboomertowns.com there are 21 towns in particular that can best serve boomer needs in retirement or just to relocate. The Web site’s range of criteria include range of home prices, university access, airport convenience, active communities, great health care access, mild climates and abundant cultural activities.

Here they are, in no specific order:

  • Aiken, S.C.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Ashland, Ore.
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Bend, Ore.
  • Camarillo, Calif.
  • Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Charlottesville, Va.
  • Columbia, Mo.
  • Danville, Ky.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Maryville, Tenn.
  • Paso Robles, California
  • Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Prescott, Ariz.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • St. George, Utah
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Villages, Fla.