Carlee Mausner informed local reporters with Historic City News that St. Augustine has been selected by “Where to Retire” magazine as a “top retirement town” and will be profiled in the September-October issue; available nationwide on August 23rd.
According to demographics provided by “Where to Retire” magazine, promotion of our area to people making decisions to relocate in their retirement is a smart economic development strategy.
Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. “They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns,” Mausner said.
“St. Augustine possesses qualities important to today’s retirees,” editor Mary Lu Abbott told Historic City News. “Its colorful past as the nation’s oldest city lures many to St. Augustine, where beautiful beaches and an easygoing lifestyle add to its appeal.”
Retirees find it’s less crowded than some parts of Florida and not as hot, and golfers relish the area’s outstanding courses,” Abbott said.
That could be good news if the city and county are looking for families with fewer school-aged children; who put a load on an already loaded school system. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate.
Abbot told Historic City News, “Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees.”
“Where to Retire” magazine was launched in 1992 and Abbott says that they are the only magazine in America geared toward helping readers find the ideal place to retire. Published six times a year, the magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and has a national circulation of 200,000.