Best Retirement Communities for Singles
St. Valentine’s Day is upon us and there’s something in the air! Cupid is back slinging arrows, and if he’s aiming for single baby boomers, it might as well be target practice. You see, more than 40% of the population over the age of 60 is single, and many of them are ready to mingle. Retirement community developers are taking notice, and designing their active adult communities 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.
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.”
Retirees looking for an active lifestyle will have plenty to do in this singles-friendly community located in Durham, NC. The 37,000-square-foot amenity center is the social hub of the community and features a fitness center, swimming pools, billiards, a ceramics room, demonstration kitchen, and a full-time lifestyle director that organizes activities for singles. When you’re ready for date night, Brier Creek is a mile away and offers a wide variety of retailers and more than 40 restaurants.
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.
If you’re looking for one of the best cities for single seniors to live, 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!
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.
As one of the country’s most celebrated lifestyle 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.