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Missouri is One of the Best Places to Retire

Bev Curtis

Bev has lived in Columbia for 34 years and was born and raised in Troy, MO...

Bev has lived in Columbia for 34 years and was born and raised in Troy, MO...

Aug 23 3 minutes read

Missouri just ranked as the #4 best place to retire in the United States in a study done by Bankrate. Surprised? Read on to see what factors are important to consider when choosing where to enjoy your retirement years, and why Columbia, Missouri is an appealing choice.


It's no secret that the cost of living in Missouri is very appealing when compared to "popular" retirement states like Florida, California, and Arizona. The national median home sale price is currently $406,700, while our local market in Columbia, Missouri sits at $325,000. This provides the opportunity for homeowners on a fixed income to afford much more than they would in other markets, or tuck that extra cash away for possible future medical expenses. Lower tax rates also help make Missouri a great choice for smart investors.

Overall Well-Being

Many retirees will tell you that a major part of their plans includes spending more time with family or grandchildren. With its central location, Columbia, MO is often cited as being a popular choice for those with family members spread throughout the country. Those who love nature and an active lifestyle will gravitate to Columbia's many parks and area trails. A vibrant social scene with tons of dining and entertainment options is close within reach, too!


Columbia, Missouri is home to four major hospitals and countless medical parks. Specialized medical care is easily accessible and thanks to the lower cost of living, often much more affordable than in larger metro areas.


Sure, we don't have 360 days of sunshine, but for those who enjoy watching the seasons change without extreme highs or lows, Missouri may be the perfect choice. 

What About 55+ Communities?

Nestled within the renowned Club at Old Hawthorne boasting one of the top-rated golf courses in the state, the exquisite Linkside at Old Hawthorne community offers a built-in social scene and the finest of amenities for those looking for an idyllic place to enjoy life! Click below for more information about the community and homes for sale. 

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