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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16. Escondido, CA
Escondido, CA
Population: 136,200
% over 50: 26%
Doctors (in county): 8,552
Hospitals (in 30 miles): 109
Life expectancy at birth: 78.80

Do you think it's healthier to eat locally grown fruits and veggies? So-called locavores love Escondido, once a small, grape-producing village that's grown into a city of 140,000. Surrounded by avocado and citrus groves, the city has a farmer's market year-round that sells only items grown in California.

You'll also find plenty of healthy recreation opportunities, from hiking and horseback riding in the 3,000-acre Daley Ranch nature preserve, to boating one of the nearby lakes, to exploring one of the 10 parks in the area. Classic car enthusiasts head to Grand Avenue on Friday nights from April to September, when old Chevys, T-Birds and other hot rods cruise down the drag. --N.A.

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Last updated September 10 2009: 2:43 PM ET
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