Texas, Michigan offer ideal retirement destinations

Choosing where to retire is a big decision. From an active community to warm weather, there are many factors for you to take into consideration. College towns have become popular destinations for seniors over the last several years not only because they offer the perfect chance for continuing your education, but the thriving communities are ideal for retirees looking to add some excitement to their lives. There are countless college towns across the country, but according to Grandparents.com, a few stand out above the rest.

Many seniors have decided to move to Texas in recent years, and Austin in particular has risen to be one of the state's best retirement destinations due in large part to its being home to the University of Texas. However, more so than most other college towns, Austin has something for everyone, whether you want to head back to the classroom, follow the legendary Texas sports programs or enjoy Austin's well-established art scene, the website notes.

Not all top retirement communities are located in warm weather, and nowhere is that more evident than in Ann Arbor, Mich. Among its many appealing features, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan offers 120 study groups designed specifically for the retired population, according to The Wall Street Journal. Even outside of the classroom, Ann Arbor is certainly not lacking when it comes to activity.

"There are so many different types of things to do," Janice Stickney, 71, told the newspaper about the Michigan town. "You have an opportunity to find a niche."

Whether you relocate to Michigan, Texas, or anywhere in between, choosing a destination that offers a varied and fulfilling experience is essential.