Cities are often thought of as the stomping ground of the post-college crowd. And it’s true—after college, many grads head to urban areas to launch their careers and enjoy perks from nightlife to restaurants to vibrant dating scenes. Then, once they are ready to start families, they traditionally have moved to the ’burbs and either found jobs there or commute back to the city. But now another group—seniors—are returning to those same urban areas. Here are five reasons why:
1. Easy to Get Around
If you’re able to walk comfortably, strolling around a city is an enjoyable and healthy way to do errands, see sights and visit friends. If you aren’t mobile, city sidewalks are usually wheelchair friendly. Plus, depending on the city, you usually don’t have to go too far to do what you want or need to do.
2. Infinite Activities
Retirees have newfound time on their hands, and a rich cultural life—think: museums, theaters and galleries—can help them make the most of every day. Plus, staying active (both physically and mentally) and social has been shown to keep seniors healthier and happier.
3. Top-Notch Medical Facilities
Have chronic medical needs and want the best doctors in the world? Cities around the country have some of the most sought-after providers and research facilities.
4. Downsizing = A Money Saver
Yes, in some cases, houses can be quite expensive in major cities (whether buying or renting). But giving up landscaping fees, large heating bills and home maintenance expenses can be incredibly cost-effective. Also, senior discounts are often available everywhere from museums to movies.
5. Convenient Living
Don’t feel like cooking? Order in. Forgot to buy milk? There’s a shop on the corner. Driving at night getting harder? Jump in a taxi or order an Uber. City living can give you flexibility, which, as an older person, is more valuable than ever.