9. Charleston, South Carolina
If you’d rather stay in the Southeast of the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina is the ideal place to retire. With small town charm and big city amenities, Charleston has it all for the retired senior. The city features picturesque cobblestoned streets and architecture dating back to colonial America. The weather is also less extreme, so you can enjoy mild winters and warmer summers. With the beaches only a short drive away, you can spend retirement in a paradise full of southern charm.