Top 12 Best Spots to Retire in the Midwest

Columbus, Ohio

Population: 2.0 million

Share of population 65+: 12.0%

Cost of Living: 10.3% below the national average

Average Income for Households 65+: $46,905

Community Score: 61.2

State’s Tax Rating for Retirees: Mixed

The biggest city in the Buckeye State comes with some of the smallest costs. In fact, it’s one of the most affordable big cities in the U.S. The median home value in Columbus, the state capital, is just $131,800, compared with the national median of $184,700.

Affordability doesn’t equate to lack of activities. Home to Ohio State University, locals can enjoy the co-ed culture, including big sporting events, concerts and cultural diversions. It also offers Program 60, which invites Ohio residents age 60 and older to take university courses free. Off campus, the downtown area has a lively scene with an eclectic mix of shops, galleries and restaurants. The Short North and German Village neighborhoods, in particular, are worth exploring.

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