Savor Midwest Charm & Low Cost of Living
Ohio’s namesake is derived from the native Iroquois meaning good river, and is a cultural, and historic state that folks will find exceeds its reputation for cold weather, and industrial landscape. The Buckeye state is ideal for baby boomers, and retirees with its trendy college towns, low cost of living, and outdoor recreation. From Lake Erie to the North, and Ohio River to the South, active adults can find their own Midwest flavor, with 77 active lifestyle communities to call home.
Locals will tell you Buckeye candy with it’s peanut buttery chocolate coated decadence is non negotiable, and that Ohio living means taking advantage of rolling hills, lakes, beautiful wine country, and shoreline. According to Sperling’s Best Places, Ohio’s cost of living is about twelve percent below the national average, and Zillow lists the median home price at around $121,100. Active adult communities throughout the state offer an affordable lifestyle with age targeted or age restricted options from Woods at Wetherby in Cincinnati to The Plaza at Stonebridge in Cleveland. Ohio ranks high on the tax friendly scale not imposing any tax on Social Security or Veterans benefits.
Granted Ohio has some cold winters, but all the better for the 55 or better crowd who love their winter sports, or just curling up with hot chocolate, and a favorite novel. A humid subtropical climate also means hot summers but thanks to miles of shoreline particularly Lake Erie with it’s sparkling waters, there is plenty of water recreation to cool off, and relax. From hiking the Appalachian Foothills, to exploring the 460 acre Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, diverse geography and four distinct seasons, makes Ohio’s geography ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Autumn is especially mesmerizing watching the foliage transform into fiery shades of crimson, and gold.
Ohio deserves much more attention for its rich culture, and the entertainment available to active adults. Fertile soil, and an ideal growing climate welcomes visitors to Ohio wine country where connoisseurs can enjoy sampling a variety of wines from about 200 vineyards across the state. Lake Metroparks Farmparks in Kirkland, hosts the annual Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, offering guests live entertainment, food, craft beers, and regional wines. The capital of Columbus is listed as one of the most affordable cities to retire according to U.S News & World Report, and is home to Ohio State University, as well as exciting local attractions. Retirees will enjoy visiting the Columbus Museum of Art, historic German Village, and partake in endless culinary delights. Ready to indulge your inner musician? Visit Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the ultimate nostalgic experience, and the House of Blues for an evening of dining, and entertainment. Twenty five minutes from Cleveland, the waterfront town of Mentor beckons retirees to savor swimming, boating or bird watching at the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve. Once the home of president James Garfield, Mentor boasts about 600 retailers, and is a mecca for foodies.
Where affordability meets, quality of living, this is what makes Ohio a unique place for retirees seeking their next destination.
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