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Most Popular Spots in Kentucky to Retire

By    |   Monday, 28 Mar 2016 02:02 PM

Across much of this geographically and culturally diverse state, you'll find excellent alternatives for retirement. Whether you're interested in outdoor life, the arts, education, or intriguing restaurants, there's a retirement spot for you in Kentucky.

Here are details about four particularly popular spots: Glasgow, Berea, Murray, and Bowling Green.

1. Glasgow

Offering one of that lowest crime rates in the state, this community in South Central Kentucky is best known as the home of the annual Scottish Highland Games. Yet there are loads of other things to do in Glasgow and the surrounding area, too.

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park is the scene of golfing, boating, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Also close at hand are Dinosaur World, Kentucky Action Park, and the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, not to mention Fort Williams, the site of a famous Civil War battle, and Mammoth Cave National Park, featuring the world's longest known cave system.

2. Berea

Berea is a completely unique Southern town. Located about 40 miles south of Lexington horse country in Central Kentucky, it was established by abolitionist missionaries during the 1850s. The same missionaries also founded the tuition-free Berea College.

Residents of this area have been enthusiastically studying and re-creating Appalachian folk arts here ever since the 1890s.

Today, Berea is one of the fastest growing towns in America, with an estimated growth rate of 73 percent from 2000 to 2010, noted TopRetirements.com.

3. Murray

With a median home cost of only $96,300 and a cost of living 17.5 percent below the national average, Murray supplies wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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The town is located only minutes away from Kentucky Lake, a huge manmade lake in Western Kentucky with 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, 170,000 acres of recreational areas, and fantastic fishing, reported MarketWatch.

In addition, Murray State University makes this a college town. In Kentucky, anyone aged 65 and older can attend a state-run college or university tuition-free.

4. Bowling Green

Located just about an hour's drive north of Nashville, Bowling Green has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in the United States, according to TopRetirements.com.

Interestingly, about 1 out of 10 residents is Bosnian, due to an influx of Bosnian refugees during the 1980s. Therefore, Bosnian restaurants add to the eclectic mix of eateries.

Bowling Green is also known as the "Corvette Capital of the World" because of a large General Motors plant and national museum dedicated to the sports car located nearby.

For retirees interested in returning to school, Western Kentucky University is situated here.

Other attractions include the Bowling Green Ballpark, where the Class A Hot Rods play each season; the 1,800 seat Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center; seven golf courses; and eight disc golf courses, reported MarketWatch.

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