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Top 15 retirement cities for cultural events, opportunities

Photo: City of San Luis Obispo

Although only about a quarter of baby boomers want to move when they retire, one thing that those relocating are looking for are communities where cultural opportunities abound.

Here are Smithsonian magazine’s picks for intriguing places to live:

  1. Portland, Ore.
  2. Oakland, Calif.
  3. San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  4. Ogden, Utah
  5. Sante Fe, N.M.
  6. San Antonio, Texas
  7. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  8. St. Louis, Mo.
  9. Lexington, Ky.
  10. Gainesville, Fla.
  11. Amherst, Maine
  12. Wilmington, Del.
  13. Washington, D.C.
  14. Richmond, Va.
  15. Raleigh, N.C.

Smithsonian magazine sought out cities or towns with their own distinctive character and charm, preferably with pleasant, close-in pedestrian neighborhoods; places where outdoor activities are within easy access; and most of all, places with rich cultural offerings, including museums, galleries, and symphonies.

Let the Smithsonian know what you think of their choices by clicking here.


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