Top Cities for Empty Nesters to Live

Scenic golf course near a canyon at sunset

You’ve driven your last carpool, stitched your last Halloween costume, baked your last batch of PTA cookies and the paradigm has permanently shifted. Those little birds that required so much of your time, attention and space have spread their wings, leaving you to ponder your next stage of living. 

This time around you are free to roam about the country; free to choose from the best cities for empty nesters, without having to cater to the needs of the kids. So, forget the “right” school systems. Get this empty-nester party started in the location of your dreams. Whether you are looking for a lower cost of living, a different climate, or a complete change of lifestyle, consider one of these best empty nester cities from our favorite’s list to be your next hometown. 

  1. Scottsdale, Arizona

Ask ten empty nesters what their favorite thing about Scottsdale is and you’ll get ten different answers. This is truly an empty nester city that checks boxes for everyone. From world-class golf, to a vibrant cultural and restaurant scene to a thriving downtown and waterfront shopping area, Scottsdale is all about living the good life in the sunshine.  Mild weather during most of the year makes it an outdoor paradise. When the temperatures soar for a few summer months, there is plenty to do indoors. Take a tour of Overture Kierland, Overture’s active adult apartment home community in Scottsdale and you’ll never want to leave. 

  1. Riverside, California

With college students and multiple communities of empty nesters, Riverside is a multi-generational melting pot. Retirees love the host of cultural activities that revolve around the college campus, as well as the 100 or so city landmarks, 20 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located only 55 miles from Los Angeles, Riverside boasts quaint small-town living with all the attractions of the big city around the corner. Lovely southern California weather is the icing on the cake. Check out Overture Riverwalk, Overture’s active adult apartment home community in Riverside and see what residents are raving about.

  1. Colorado Springs, Colorado

As a top empty nester city, Colorado Springs comes with a caveat: Must love the outdoors! Golfers, extreme sports enthusiasts, and those empty nesters who just want to enjoy the crisp mountain air are flocking to this charming western city, creating a diverse population that includes sportsmen, history buffs, architects, artists, and foodies.  The city of Denver and all it has to offer is but a two-hour car ride away.

  1. Chandler Arizona

Chandler Arizona is another Scottsdale area city that made the list of best empty nester cities. Boasting 330 days of sunshine, Chandler draws retirees from all over the country who have had enough snow and cold to last a lifetime. There is plenty of golf and hiking as well as dining and shopping choices to keep empty-nesters busy. Your family will love its proximity to two major airports as much as its weather. 

So, when the kids look at you with worry in their eyes wondering how you will cope with their departure, try to keep a straight face. Don’t tell them you can’t wait to unload the house, find the perfect active adult community, and get on with the business…and pleasure…of the empty nester life!   


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