The 25 Most Popular Places To Retire In The U.S.

The 25 Most Popular Places To Retire In The U.S.

For millions of Americans, retirement doesn't just involve more time to fix up the house. It involves swapping out the house itself for one in a warmer climate.
A TIME analysis of four years of Census records found that, among the 3.3 million people age 50 and over who were no longer in the work force and choose to move between states, their destinations were overwhelmingly clustered in just a few places: Florida, Arizona and the coast of South Carolina.
Of the top locations, number one is Sumter County, Fla., which is home to the infamous retirement community The Villages and has the highest median age of any county in Florida. Lake Havasu City, Arizona is a close second, following by Hilton Head Island,South Carolina.
A handful of other states have smaller clusters of retirees.
Many choose to spend their golden years in or around Las Vegas.

TOP 25 LOCATIONS
STATE

1.
Sumter (North) & Lake (North) Counties
FL

2.
Mohave & La Paz Counties--Lake Havasu City
AZ

3.
Beaufort & Jasper Counties--Hilton Head Island, Bluffton Towns & Beaufort City
SC

4.
Charlotte County
FL

5.
Yavapai County
AZ

6.
Lee County (South & West)--Barrier Islands Region
FL

7.
Lee County (Northwest)--Cape Coral City
FL

8.
Maricopa County--El Mirage City & Sun City
AZ

9.
Sarasota County (Central & Gulf Coast)
FL

10.
Volusia County--Port Orange, Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach (East) & Oak Hill Cities
FL

11.
Maricopa County--Mesa City (East)
AZ

12.
Brevard County (Northwest)--Titusville, Rockledge & Cocoa Cities
FL

13.
Horry County (Southeast)--Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach Cities & Socastee (East)
SC

14.
Sarasota County (East)
FL

15.
Marion County (South Central)
FL

16.
Lee County (Southeast)--Bonita Springs City & Estero (East)
FL

17.
Brunswick County
NC

18.
Carson City, Lyon, Douglas & Storey Counties
NV

19.
Yuma County--Yuma City
AZ

20.
Southwest Heartland--Highlands (Northwest), DeSoto & Hardee Counties
FL

21.
Pinal County (North)--Apache Junction City
AZ

22.
Sussex County
NJ

23.
Sussex County
DE

24.
Kootenai County (Northwest)--Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls & Hayden Cities
ID

25.
Clark County (Central)--Henderson City (West)
NV

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