Raleigh-Cary Area is the Most Popular among SeniorsPosted by Teresa Pollock on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 12:31pm.
When you think of retirement, does your mind conjure up images of 60-something's flocking south to Florida? Traditionally, we have thought of Florida as the Mecca for retirees, but a new report published by the Brooking's Institute is predicting a change to this stereotype. In fact, current trends indicate that the younger metro areas will have the fastest growth among seniors over the next several years. The reason? Many seniors are choosing to stay put after retirement rather than flying south.
Nonetheless, there are several communities that are experiencing fast growth among the senior population, and Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina is at the top of the list. The complete top 5 list, in order, includes:
- Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
- Austin-Round Rock, Texas
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
- Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
- Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
For others living in these communities, the population growth among seniors could benefit them in many ways. This is because communities with large populations of seniors need to make adjustments in order to handle the unique needs of this population. As a result, communities with a large senior population typically enjoy better business services and government services than other communities, which ultimately benefits the community as a whole.
Of course, the Raleigh-Cary area already has much to offer to its residents, which is why Cary was listed as number 5 on Money Magazine's Best Small Cities in America 2006 list and why the Research Triangle Park region has consistently been ranked among the top areas to live in the country. This isn't just among seniors, however, as the Raleigh-Cary region offers something special for everyone who calls the area home. From ample shopping and dining venues to numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, there is much to offer to Cary's residents.
The Raleigh-Cary area is also a good place for retirees who are interested in going back to school simply for the joy of learning. Several major universities are within a 20 minute drive from the area, including North Carolina State, Duke and the University of Carolina. Couple this with the fact that Cary also consistently ranks among the safest large cities in the country, with its Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Medical Services being nationally accredited, and it is easy to understand why so many seniors would want to call Cary home - and why so many of its residents decide to stay once they reach their retirement years.
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