In recent years, Fort Collins has become at attractive place to retire thanks to a cost of living on par with the national average, a low crime rate, and a number of well-appointed retirement communities which have sprung up in the region. Housing prices tend to be more affordable than Boulder, making it a cheaper alternative.
Retirees who love to learn can take advantage of the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center, which offers a variety of classes, programs and lectures to adults over 50 years old. Residents can take courses in the arts, writing, history and environmental sciences. Cultural attractions also abound; Fort Collins boasts a ballet, opera and symphony orchestra.
Con: Cold winters
Best For: Education lovers
Cost of Living: 1% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $231,000
Top State Income Tax: 4.63% flat rate
Crime Rate: 32% lower than national average
Foodies can sate themselves at one of the towns 500-plus restaurants, or by indulging in a tipple from one of the local micro-breweries, like Fat Tire.