Whether you dream of retiring to a big city, small town, resort area or college town, these great places offer reasonably priced homes, low crime and tax rates, quality health care, and more.
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In the late 19th century, medical experts deemed Summerville one of the best places in the world to treat lung and throat disorders; they credited the dry air and a plethora of pine trees.
Today Summerville offers much of the history and charm of nearby Charleston but in a smaller, more affordable setting.
And modern-day ailments are cured in the 94-bed Summerville Medical Center, which scores top points from the Joint Commission for its treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia.
When the railroads started coming into Ottawa in 1868, the area blossomed. The only legacies of those railroads today are the 200 miles of rail trails running around the outskirts of town.
But walk down Ottawa’s Main Street and you’ll still get a feel for the era, with dozens of historical buildings peppering the landscape.
While Ottawa doesn’t lack for festivals, farmers’ markets, and amenities, retirees looking for more options for shopping, medical care, or cultural activities needn’t go far. Overland Park is about 40 miles to the northeast, and Kansas City is just beyond that.