Illinois is a savory Midwestern state and home to one of the nation’s greatest metropolis’— Chicago. There are several smaller cities, however, that hold their own in terms of cultural significance, affordability and amenities. Illinois is centrally located, making it the perfect half way point for convenient travel to either coast. While Chicago is diverse, the metro isn’t the best option for retirement. Crime rates have gone, and the cost of living has skyrocketed. Illinois has not lost its charm as a whole. Here are the 10 best cities in Illinois for retirees seeking comfort and easy living.
1) Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Located in the central eastern portion of Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan is a great option for retirees in search of a smaller city with a modern urban heart. There are close to 250,000 residents within the area, which offers quiet culture without sacrificing the opportunity for socialization. Champaign-Urbana is full of recreational activities including several parks such as the Robert Allerton Park, which offers a lush garden and nature preserves. Local museums arouse history fanatics and include the Museum of the Grand Prairie, the Spurlock Museum, and the Monticello Railway Museum. Easy health care access can be found at either of the metro’s hospitals— the Presence Medical Center or the Carle Foundation Hospital. Champaign-Urbana is a well known college town, however its cultural appeal and walkability attract senior citizens and retirees from all around the nation. With fairly low crime rates, the metro is a peaceful option for knowledge hungry retired newcomers.
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