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5 Best Places for Single Seniors to Retire

By    |   Monday, 07 September 2015 01:10 AM

Single seniors are a growing group, with more of the Baby Boomer set retiring every day.

Forty-two percent of the population older than age 60 is unmarried, according to U.S. News — many divorced and some widowed. And many have settled in certain areas of the country in retirement, where they have active social lives or opportunities to meet others their age.

Here are the five best places for single seniors to retire.

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1. Metropolitan Miami — With beaches, tropical weather, along with nightlife and fine dining, Miami boasts a population where half are older than 60, U.S. News reported. Of the retirees living there, according to U.S. Census figures, 22 percent are widowed and 17 percent are divorced, the magazine said.

2. New Orleans — The Big Easy is not just for jazz and partying — it's a solid place for retirees who are single to find a companion, U.S. News said. In the greater metro area of NOLA, nearly half of all retirees are not married, it said.

3. San Francisco — There is plenty of heart left in this famed city for love. With ethnic and cultural diversity abounding, along with art, music, and academic scenes for many lifestyles, this coastal area offers a high population of retirees, the AARP noted, adding that "the age-adjusted health status of that population is among the best in the United States."

4. Boston — Those single retirees unafraid of cold winters can find plenty of romantic possibilities in Boston, according to AARP. The charming waterfront, history, and well-educated population, make it a fun place for those who are active and intellectually curious.

5. Ocala, Florida — Ocala, located north of Orlando and close to the university town of Gainesville, made MORE magazine's mention of a great place of single women to retiree. With a world-class equestrian community and a low cost of living, bucolic Ocala offers quiet beauty and a close community for retirees who are single, it said.

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