Outdoor enthusiasts can walk or bike along trails in Shenandoah National Park, hike the Appalachian Trail or road trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains, while history buffs can tour Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate or visit the homes of former Presidents James Madison and James Monroe. Additionally, many golf courses are nearby, and food and wine lovers will be pleased to discover Charlottesville lies in the midst of one of Virginia’s finest wine-producing regions.
Retirees hoping to meet other locals can visit Charlottesville’s Senior Center, which offers an enormous number of special programs and interest groups, including crafts, travel and performing arts. The Center also helps seniors find volunteer opportunities in the community.
Con: Winters can be snowy near mountains
Best For: College town seekers and history buffs
Cost of Living: 3.8% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $245,000
Top State Income Tax: 5.75%
Crime Rate: 17.4% lower than national average
Charlottesville also boasts a desirable climate for retirees, with generally mild weather and warm summers; winters near the mountains can get cold and snowy. The town’s cost of living is also 3.8 percent below the national average, and median home prices are approximately $245,000. A number of retirement and 55+ communities can be found throughout the region. The town also has a renowned medical center at University of Virginia.