Best places for a healthy retirement

Want to retire where residents live a long life, there are lots of doctors and hospitals nearby, and you can pursue an active lifestyle? Check out these 20 towns.

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10. Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
Population: 594,200
% over 50: 32%
Doctors (in county): 7,991
Hospitals (in 30 miles): 111
Life expectancy at birth: 79.40

In bike-friendly Seattle, residents are encouraged to ditch their cars and stay fit trekking its urban trail system. About 45 miles are complete, with more due over the next several years. Cycle or walk the the Elliott Bay Trail over to Pike Place Market, where you can buy fresh produce at the oldest running farmer's market in the U.S. The market also caters to art connoisseurs with paintings and crafts from local artists.

No surprise that caffeinated Seattle-ites like to nourish their brains. One of the most literate U.S. cities, residents spend double the national average on books annually, according to the University of Washington, and 80% own library cards, the library says. Joining a book club could be a smart way to meet fellow retirees. --H.Y.

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Last updated September 10 2009: 2:43 PM ET
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