Best Places to Retire Young

You may be ready to quit your day job - but that doesn't mean you want to sit around all day. These places, selected by Money Magazine with Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net, all offer thriving economies and plenty to do.

Manhattan, KS
Manhattan, KS
Population: 44,630
15-year population growth: 3.3%
Median home price: $188,600
Home price 2-year forecast: 1.8%
About 120 miles west of Kansas City, "The Little Apple" is home to Kansas State University and Fort Riley, one of the largest U.S. military installations. With natural beauty that includes Tuttle Creek Lake's 15,000 acres, the city also features golf galore as well as numerous arts and entertainment offerings. The historic Aggieville shopping district will help you stroll away many a breezy afternoon. For that special something: Block off the last weekend in June on your calendar and make sure you attend the Country Stampede Music Festival.

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Charlottesville, VA

Logan, UT

Blacksburg, VA

Burlington, VT

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Sarasota, FL

Hanover, NH

Manhattan, KS

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