Best Retirement Communities for Singles

by Robert Borges on January 31, 2024

If Cupid is aiming for single baby boomers this Valentine's Day, it might as well be target practice. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 45 percent of Americans in their 50s and 60s are single...and many of them are ready to mingle. Many retirement communities are taking notice, and designing their amenities and social calendars with singles top of mind. 

If you’re unmarried and looking for an inclusive setting that isn’t already full of happily-involved couples, here’s a glimpse of some of the best retirement communities for singles. 

The Villages 

The Villages retirement community

Often referred to as “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown,” The Villages is more than just a retirement community—it’s a lifestyle.  A self-sustaining town in Central Florida, the 55-plus retirement community attracts retirees from all over the country.  In addition to the community’s 50+ golf courses, The Villages boasts several Town Squares and Amenity Centers, where a dedication to recreation and wellness promotes a healthy and energetic lifestyle. Within each is a unique blend of fitness and swimming facilities, sports courts, gathering spaces, meeting rooms, shopping and dining options, services, regular performances and entertainment, and thousands of social clubs and organizations. A single retiree's paradise!

Hampton Lake

Hampton Lake Retirement Community in SC

Located in Bluffton, South Carolina, Hampton Lake is the Hilton Head area's premier private lake community. This sprawling, 900-acre community features 15 miles of shoreline for beach and boat enthusiasts, and is the consecutive winner of the national Best in American Living Award (BALA) for "Best Community in America" and "Best Community Facility.” The Amenity Village is a hotbed of activity and energy— offering limitless options for a love connection, and they say the pool is “a great place to scope out retired singles.”

On Top of the World Communities

On Top Of The World Retirement Community

This premier 55+ active adult retirement community in the heart of Central Florida is undoubtedly among the best places for singles to retire. With an active club and regular meet-ups just for singles, the thoroughbred horse farms and vast rolling landscapes foster quite the romantic atmosphere. World-class amenities include golf, tennis and swimming, as well as lifelong learning opportunities, fitness facilities, and entertainment.

Trilogy® in Summerlin®

Trilogy in Summerlin Nevada Retirement Community

If you’re looking for one of the best cities for single seniors to live in, Viva Las Vegas! With almost 47% of the 60 and older population being single, you’re bound to hit the jackpot at Trilogy in Summerlin—an active lifestyle community nestled adjacent to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, boasting 200,000 acres of mountainous desert landscape just outside of Las Vegas. The attractions and excitement of the Vegas Strip are only a 20-minute drive away!

Villages of Citrus Hills

Villages of Citrus Hills Retirement Community in FL

Set against the backdrop of Florida's Nature Coast, the Villages of Citrus Hills enjoys the advantage of being in an area of unspoiled natural beauty with spring-fed rivers. Almost tailor-made for singles to enjoy “long walks on the beach,” this resort community even offers singles clubs for residents. With access to all the conveniences, culture, and attractions of Tampa, Orlando, and nearby Ocala, this area is known to be one of the best places for singles to retire. 


Woodside top retirement community

As one of the country’s most celebrated retirement communities for singles, and one of only 14 Southern Living Inspired Communities, Woodside offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere, where social events and singles groups are never in short supply—and new neighbors become old friends (and maybe more!) in no time. Singles in this Aiken, SC community enjoy four championship golf courses, a fitness center, tennis and pickleball, walking trails, and lakes spread over acres of rolling countryside.