Posted: Mar 14, 2017 01:38 PM MDT
Updated: Mar 14, 2017 01:38 PM MDT
Looking for somewhere to kick back now that the kids are gone? Here are the 20 best places to retire now, as ranked by Fortune magazine. They're grouped into five categories: sunny spots, small cities, big cities, foreign destinations and mountain towns.
(Sunny Spots) Santa Fe, N.M. -- This New Mexico arts town gets 325 days of sunshine per year, boats eight major golf courses in the area and is a stone's throw from a major mountain range.
Napa, Calif. -- Buy your own piece of wine country. Home prices are down 52% from their peak.
Sarasota, Fla. -- This longtime retiree favorite offers a lively art scene and educational opportunities on the Gulf, according to Fortune.
Sedona, Ariz. -- This New Age hub boasts great hiking and so-called vortex sites -- spots purportedly bathed in energy from the earth. Lows reach only the 50s in the winter.
(Small Cities) Charleston, S.C. -- Nicknamed the "Holy City" for its many churches and religious tolerance in the 1600s, Charleston's rich history has made it a popular destination for history buffs, according to Fortune.
Madison, Wis. -- Home to the University of Wisconsin, this Midwestern capital is a thriving, bike-friendly cultural mecca.
Hanover, N.H. -- Remote yet bustling, this New England college town is part of the Appalachian Trail and home to Dartmouth College.
Richmond, Va. -- This historic city is two hours from Washington, D.C., and gaining a rep for its culture and cuisine.
(Mountain towns) Bend, Ore. -- Many retirees are flocking to Bend for its spectacular views, wide array of outdoor sports and relaxed vibe.
Burlington, Vt. -- Known for its skiing, this Vermont town also has four colleges and a vibrant art scene.
Fort Collins, Colo. -- Great skiing isn't far away from this bustling Front Range college town. There's also lots of golf.
Sun Valley, Idaho -- A glittery celeb favorite, this area is a mountain paradise but doesn't come cheap.
(Big Cities) New York -- The cost of living is high here, but no other place on the planet is filled with more activity: Broadway shows, any cuisine imaginable and classes and parks galore.
Boston -- With some of the best colleges and universities in the world, Boston is tops for health care, education and culture, according to Fortune.
New Orleans -- As Fortune magazine puts it, if hurricanes (the cocktail kind) and zydeco don't keep you young, we can't help you.
San Francisco -- The City by the Bay is expensive, but Fortune predicts values will probably rise further amid the IPO craze.
(Foreign Destinations) Cuenca, Ecuador -- This city offers temperate weather, beautiful architecture and modern health care, all for a fraction of the cost of living in the U.S.
Click here to read more about Fortune magazine's rankings.