10) South Bend, Indiana
Housing the University of Norte Dame may be South Bend’s biggest claim to fame, but it’s clearly got attractive aspects for retirees with 12% of the population over 65. Living in harmony with a respected educational institution means top-notch cultural and sporting events. The Morris Performing Arts Center, an historical building unto itself, hosts concerts and Broadway performances. Additionally, there are several art museums, galleries, history museums, and a children’s museum (perfect for visiting grandkids)! The charming downtown shows off its location on the St. Joseph River with the colorful River Lights. This area is also the site of outdoor concerts and city-hosted events. Creating a welcoming environment for social retirees are the unique restaurants and half a dozen breweries which keep this town hip and happening in the evening. Finally, over a dozen parks and trail heads keep retirees in South Bend active and engaged in the surrounding nature.
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