The Most Gay-Friendly Cities for Retirement

  1. Jill Andrews
  2. May 31, 2017 3:10 pm

The Most Gay-Friendly Cities for Retirement

Retirement is something we work our whole lives for. It’s supposed to represent a comfortable, peaceful retreat for our future; where we can be ourselves and do all the things we’ve always wanted to do but never had time for. The last place you want to spend your forever in is somewhere where you don’t feel welcome. The place you choose for retirement should be a place where you feel safe and comfortable. Here is a detailed list of the most gay friendly cities for retirement.

Same-sex couples live all over the United States, not just in cities like San Francisco or gay neighborhoods in big cities like New York or Chicago. A surprising city with a large percentage of same-sex households, according to the 2012 US Census, is Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tampa, FL also makes the list with over one percent of same-sex households. Since Florida is an often sought-after state for retirement, this is good news. Balmy weather, beaches, accessibility to airports and large retirement communities make Florida an excellent choice. If you’re looking for a large city in other states Atlanta, GA and Phoenix, AZ also made the cut. All these cities have an average cost of living and retirement tax rates with access to all the things that living in a big city offers like a large variety of restaurants and entertainment within walking distance.

If you like big city living but want it on a slightly smaller scale Enterprise and Paradise in Nevada, both suburbs of Las Vegas, are worth looking into. Nevada has some of the most affordable cost of living and tax rates of all the states and provides all year warm weather. You can have the privacy of living in a smaller town while still having access to a large city center.

If you’re a small town person at heart, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Featuring a staggering number of same-sex households, from 4-12%, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park and Miami Shores, Florida all fit the bill. With populations under 100,000, they are sure to have the small town charm you’re looking for. Slightly more north but still close to the shore, Rehoboth Beach, Deleware is a strong contender with 10% same-sex households.

Whether you’re looking for a small close-knit town or a large city, there are gay friendly cities and towns all over the country. Still can’t choose? Make a list of the things that are most important to you in a location for retirement. Do you want to be close to the ocean? Will you have a car or is walking accessibility a priority? Would you prefer warm weather all year or would you still like to experience all four seasons? All these things can factor into what makes a great retirement location for you. When you’ve finally made your choice, you can relax in knowing that you will spend the rest of your days in a place that makes you feel comfortable and safe while enjoying the finer things in life with those you love.