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Columbus, Ohio: No longer the best-kept secret for great retirement
Why is Columbus, Ohio, a great place to retire? If you’ve ever spent any time in this Midwestern city, you already know most of the reasons. For those of you who haven’t yet discovered this wonderful city, we’ll enlighten you as to why Columbus is no longer the best-kept secret for great retirement.
#1. The reports are in, and the media loves this city. Every year, news outlets, like Forbes and CNN conduct studies to determine the best places to live in the U.S. Columbus and its suburbs (like Dublin and Upper Arlington) have consistently hit the top 100. Columbus is also listed in the 100 “Happiest Places to Live” for 2017. Dublin was ranked the 6 th best place to live in the United State by Niche, which gave the suburb to #1 spot for best place to retire in Ohio.
#2. It’s a smart move. Ohio State University is located in Columbus, so if you have any thoughts of using some of your free time to continue learning, you can take advantage of this school’s reputation as one of the most respected public universities in the United States. As a student or local resident, you can also cheer on the OSU Buckeyes, a favorite pastime for people in the Columbus area. If learning is your passion, you’ll probably discover your new happy place: The Book Loft, one of the largest independent bookstores in the country.
#3. You’ll always have something to do. Columbus is a thriving metropolitan region,with all the entertainment, culture, history, recreation, and attractions that are fitting of such a description. The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) presents fascinating diversions throughout the year. The Arena District in northwest Columbus spans 75 acres that are filled with sporting and concert events, festivals, and more than a dozen places to eat. The indoor botanical gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory is situated within the 100-acre Franklin Park. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a great place to take your grandkids. Or just stroll along the downtown riverfront area, along the Scioto Mile—where you can enjoy 120 acres of an Audubon bird sanctuary, a 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain, parks, bikeways, and walking paths.
#4. Columbus is affordable. U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 ranking of the “100 Best Places to Retire in the USA” features Columbus at #47. The cost of living is significantly lower than the national average of metropolitan areas. You enjoy the endless opportunities that an urban setting offers, without the high cost of living.
#5. Active adults love the lifestyle. In addition to a wide range of active adult communities that offer single-family homes and low-maintenance living, the quality of healthcare in the Columbus region—like Ohio State University Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital—is superior.
Ohio is a wonderful state for retirees, and Columbus is one of the most desirable areas. Come and see what life can be like for you here!