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In honor of Grandparents Day this coming weekend, it seems like the right time to discuss where American grandparents spend their days.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2010 that there are about 70,000,000 grandparents in the United States, taking up 37 percent of American households. Grandparents aren’t just letting the days pass by, either.
About one in 14 American children (about 5.4 million kids overall) are being raised by their grandparents, according to the Population Reference Bureau, which is up from the 4.7 million kids who were raised that way in 2005. And with many grandparents relocating closer to their grandkids, living in the city is something that’s bound to happen more and more for many of America’s elderly.
Where grandparents live, though, and what cities they find to be entertaining, enthralling and acommodating is a different question. Here are 15 cities that your grandparents may be living in or may want to live in for retirement.
Want some better scenery and cheaper living now that you’ve stopped working? Tucson, Arizona, may be the spot for you. Boasting some beautiful mountains and landscapes, coupled with a cost of living well below the United States’ national average, Tucson is home to many retirees — ranking as the top city in a list of cities with the happiest retirees on grandparents.com.
Portland, Oregon, has a slew of advantages for the retired and older folks, according to Top Retirements, a retirement information website. The City of Roses features a flux of homes that retirees can enjoy, mostly because they’re on bodies of water or near other American treasures, like forests and mountains. The city is packed with parks and even has a near year-round golfing culture, something that retirees can surely get into.
Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Junction also made it to the list of top retirement cities from grandparents.com, mostly because of its outdoor lifestyle. According to Outdoor Life, the city is sixth best in the nation when it comes to fishing and hunting, making it the perfect city for any retiree or elderly person who wants to sit out on a boat and cast off.
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