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The Hottest U.S. Retirement Havens
A look at the cities with the fastest-growing senior populations shows which locales are becoming increasingly popular retirement spots.

Bizjournals.com, the Web site of American City Business Journals Inc., identified 100 cities nationwide where residents are over 65 have increased rapidly in the last five years. The business-newspaper chain compared 938 markets in eight statistical categories, to come up with a list that includes communities all over the country, from the beaches to the mountains and everywhere in between.

Gardnerville Ranchos, Nev., ranked as the hottest spot for retirees. The small town near Lake Tahoe is within a four-hour dive from San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento, Calif. Its senior population soared by 45 percent between 2000 and 2005 — nine times the national growth rate of 5 percent for the same age group.

Myrtle Beach has made it in the top 50 of 938 markets.

Here's the full list of the top 50 retirement locations , as identified by Bizjournals:

1. Gardnerville Ranchos, NV

2. Punta Gorda, FL

3. Pahrump, NV

4. Crossville, TN

5. Homosassa Springs, FL

6. Sebring, FL

7. Del Rio, TX

8. Brevard, NC

9. Georgetown, SC

10. Ocean Pines, MD

11. Mountain Home, AR

12. Palm Coast, FL

13. Brookings, OR

14. St. Marys, GA

15. Easton, MD

16. Silver City, NM

17. Silverthorne, CO

18. Iron Mountain, MI-WI

19. Port Angeles, WA

20. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

21. Prescott, AZ

22. Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

23. Naples-Marco Island, FL

24. Rio Grande City-Roma, TX

25. Seaford, DE

26. Ocala, FL

27. Taos, NM

28. Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, SC

29. Oak Harbor, WA

30. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL

31. Payson, AZ

32. Kerrville, TX

33. Barnstable Town, MA

34. Branson, MO

35. Roseburg, OR

36. Prineville, OR

37. Granbury, TX

38. Coos Bay, OR

39. Seneca, SC

40. The Villages, FL

41. St. George, UT

42. Ruidoso, NM

43. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

44. Alpena, MI

45. Campbellsville, KY

46. Yuma, AZ

47. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC

48. Daphne-Fairhope, AL

49. Grants Pass, OR

50. Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL

Source: Bizjournals.com

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