25 Best Places to Retire

Your post-work years are a time to improve your golf game, take up a new hobby, or just enjoy a well-deserved break. In these great college towns, you can expand your intellectual horizons too.

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11. Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
Population: 116,107
% over 50: 25%
Median home price: $182,050*
State income tax: 4.35%**
Where to take classes: University of Michigan

Retire to... Michigan? Ann Arbor's lack of year-round balmy temperatures may be a deal breaker for some retirees, but those who relish four seasons could do worse than to settle in this bustling college town about 40 miles west of Detroit.

Proximity to the University of Michigan has its perks. Ann Arbor boasts one of the highest doctor-to-patient ratios in the country and the city has a diverse and highly educated population. There's also plenty to do, as the town's calendar is packed with theatrical events, art shows, sporting matches and more. And there's no shortage of opportunities to learn something new. The university's program for the over-50 offers everything from mini courses and study groups to themed lectures and field trips around the state and beyond.  

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Last updated October 06 2010: 4:55 PM ET
* As of Q1 2010

** top bracket

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