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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12. Hollywood, FL
Hollywood, FL
Population: 142,500
% over 50: 38%
Doctors (in county): 5,436
Hospitals (in 30 miles): 229
Life expectancy at birth: 78.56

If you're looking to retire somewhere healthy, what could be better than a town run by a former pro athlete? Before his local government days, city manager Cameron Benson played in the 1984 Rose Bowl for the University of Illinois and was signed as a free agent for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Benson's affinity for healthy living is visible throughout Hollywood. In the past five years, the city has spent $100 million to improve and add new recreational facilities, including the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, a 30-foot-wide promenade perfect for biking and jogging along the Atlantic. It also recently launched a "Hollywood Goes Green" program, which should make environmentally minded residents cheer. --N.A.

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Last updated September 10 2009: 2:43 PM ET
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