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10 Reasons Why Wisconsin Is Best For An Active & Well-Rounded Retirement

July 12, 2015

If you’ve been to Wisconsin, you know it’s a grand place full of cheeseheads, beer, and cows. Guess what? There’s even more to it than that! We’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons that make it not only a fantastic state in general, but a perfect one for retired adults who want to remain active and engaged in their community.

Wisconsin boasts:

  1. Abundant sights to be seen – It’s easy to get up and go when there’s so much to see, like the Great River Road, Cave of the Mounds, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, to name a few.
  2. Gorgeous seasons – No one can stay sitting around their house when there’s such beauty outside. Autumn colors in particular look better in Wisconsin!
  3. Outdoor nature-related activities – Wisconsin’s natural beauty lends itself to numerous hiking and biking trails, kettles and moraines, caves, rivers, and lakes galore. There are opportunities for everyone, whether you seek leisure or a challenging adventure.
  4. Wildlife – For bird watchers, hunters, hikers, and more, Wisconsin’s abundance of wildlife creates and enhances opportunities for active outdoor fun perfect for golden agers.
  5. Warm and neighborly communities – Take Hayward, Door County, or Kohler, for starters… enjoy them for a weekend or for life. They make perfect places to take a road trip to visit or settle down for good.
  6. Golf galore – There are more than 500 golf courses in the state, including the Pete Dye-designed Whistling Straits, (host to a couple of PGA Championships), and Blackwolf Run, which regularly tops the Golf Digest “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” list. Whether you’re 50 or 90, that makes over 500 reasons to get involved or continue participation in a fantastic lifetime sport.
  7. Water – Wisconsin is home to 15,000 inland lakes, 2 Great Lakes, and over 33,000 miles of rivers and streams. This opens doors for a world of fun, including swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, and more.
  8. Moderate cost of living – With a cost of living that’s below the U.S. average, median home costs just over $139,000, and a multitude of opportunities for free fun, you can stretch your dollar to enjoy more of the things you want to and spend less on the boring stuff.
  9. A capital city that models the complete package – Wisconsin’s capital, Madison, recently claimed the #1 spot on the “Milken Institute Best Cities For Successful Aging” list for large metros. Madison, like many of Wisconsin’s cities and towns, offers everything today’s retirees want and need, including economic strength, oodles of health resources, healthy people, access to amenities, and social and intellectual opportunities to be involved with the community.
  10. Warm people – If the infamous chill of Wisconsin’s winters intimidates you, don’t forget that the state is also known for kind, warm people that make up for the bite of the climate.

    If you’re whittling down your list to find the perfect retirement destination, don’t forget to explore Wisconsin. We may be a little biased, but we’re sure you won’t be disappointed with the good ol’ Midwestern Badger state.

    What’s your favorite thing about Wisconsin? Leave us a reply below!

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