The question has been around since cities, towns, and the like were first established: Big cities vs. suburbs… which is better to live in once you retire? Granted, this is a very personal choice that can be based on any number of characteristics typical to each. That said, however, we are going to take a look at what some of the retirement benefits are where the topic of big cities vs. suburbs is concerned.
But first, some numbers.
Statistics and Percentages – Big City Vs. Suburbs
- In an international survey, when asked which location was better for retirement – small towns or big city living – 32.8% preferred the big city whereas 67.2% preferred small towns.
- The cost of living was the basis for this choice where approximately 53% of those asked were concerned.
- The decision was also based on close proximity to friends and family.
Staying in My Big City
For individuals over the age of 80, 7 out of 10 of those who already lived in a big city said they would choose to stay there, rather than move to a small town. Their reasons were as follows:
- It’s what they’re used to
- Mobility concerns
- Big-city transportation options
- High-quality healthcare
Loving My Small Town
Those who grew up in small towns are usually of two mindsets: “I can’t wait to get the heck out of here!” Or, “I love small town living and I’ll stay here for life.” The benefits of a small town, according to those who plan on staying there, are as follows:
- Cost – Practically everything costs a fraction of what it does in big cities, including consumer goods and services, groceries, rent, etc.
- Friendly atmosphere/familiarity
- Security (safer neighborhoods)
- Natural scenery
Moving If You Don’t Have To
Change is resisted by a number of people, and it seems the older you get, the more you like things to stay the way they are. Naturally, that’s not the case for everyone. However, when asked if retirement would include a move (if it didn’t have to), here are the results:
- No – 53.7%
- Yes – 46.3%
As you can see from the above stated information, big cities have their strong points while suburbs also have many positive characteristics to consider. As stated earlier – the choice is a personal one and can depend on any number of factors.
One city that should definitely be considered for retirement is that of Portage, IN – regardless of if you prefer small towns or large cities.
Benefits of Portage, IN Living
Should you decide to reside in our retirement community, rest assured that in all of Indiana, Portage was rated as one of the top 15 safest. Compared to the national average, Portage is pretty on par.
If you feel like taking a trip into town, some favorite locations are:
- Ogden Dunes Beach
- Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
- Clancy’s Public House
- Concerts and live performances
Experience Retirement As It Should Be – Safely and Enjoyably
Our Independent Senior Living Community offers a lifestyle every retiree would like to experience: A safe, healthy environment that encourages independence and productivity while offering numerous on-site amenities. Experience an affordable, maintenance-free lifestyle by residing in one of our Independent Living villas.
To discuss independent living residences, please contact us. For sales and leasing inquiries regarding our residences, you can call 219-207-7185. General inquiries can be directed to 219-764-2900. If you’d like, you can fill out and send in our convenient online form. We’ll get back to you ASAP.
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