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On January 1, 1960, Sun City officially opened to the public. This idea of a self-contained community for active adults who want a place to call home with neighbors that shared the same ideals and interests sounded like a bit of a gamble. Would anyone show up to buy a home on the site of the former ghost town in Maricopa County, Arizona?
When 100,000 people showed up for the opening weekend, it was clear that the demand was there. And in the years since, as the number of 55+ Americans grew and the desire to live the lifestyle promised by that original community grew with it, it’s become clear that the popularity of the active adult lifestyle is still only getting started.
Today, there are well over 2,000 active adult and active lifestyle communities across the United States. As the options, amenities, locations, and lifestyle opportunities evolve, so do the people who call these communities home. Today’s 55+ crowd is different than the one who moved into Sun City all those years ago and they want different things out of their retirement. Some people are even choosing active adult communities before they decide to retire. Some want a community that caters to relaxation while others look for a community that creates fun and excitement.
As such, active adult communities have to pull out all the stops if they want to appeal to today’s buyers. Quite simply, some communities do it better than others. But don’t just take our word for it. 55places’ 100 Most Popular Active Adult Communities of 2019 rankings are based on various internal data driven by our users, the ones who are choosing which communities to call home (our full methodology is available at the bottom of the post).