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Raleigh, NC was named the most popular city for baby boomer retirees.

In just two years, the oldest of the baby boomers will be turning 65. As this group approaches retirement, they are expected to migrate in large numbers to new towns and cities across the country. Between 2010 and 2020 the senior population is expected to grow by 36 percent. This graying of America's largest body of citizens is not expected to spread evenly across the map. Boomers are expected to gravitate towards areas of the country that provide a low cost of living, mild climates, culture or activity, reasonably priced real estate, and adequate health care.

US News & World Report recently compiled a list of the 20 top cities where boomers are most likely to retire. Their list is compiled below:

Metro Area --> Growth Rate

1. Raleigh-Cary, N.C. - 31.6%

2. Austin-Round Rock, Texas - 30.1%

3. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga. - 29.8%

4. Boise City-Nampa, Idaho - 28.7%

5. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev. - 27.8%

6. Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla. - 27.2%

7. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas - 23.7%

8. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas - 22.7%

9. Colorado Springs, Colo. - 22.6%

10. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas - 21.5%

11. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. - 21.0%

12. Charleston-North Charleston, S.C. - 20.8%

13. Albuquerque, N.M. - 19.5%

14. Tucson, Ariz. - 19.2%

15. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.- 19.1%

16. Salt Lake City, Utah - 19.0%

17. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C.-S.C. - 18.2%

18. Denver-Aurora, Colo. - 18.1%

19. Nashville-Davidson-Franklin, Tenn. - 18.1%

20. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah - 18.0%

The growth rate above is based off of migration patterns for people that reached the age of 55-64 from the years 2000-2007. The list provides valuable insight into the predicted patterns of migration for retiring baby boomers for the next decade. The study predicts that areas of the intermountain west, southeast, and especially Texas will experience the most growth. While the impeding migration of baby boomers is expected to bring a “tsunami of growth in the next decade,” the migration has actually slowed in recent years. Due to the recession and the housing crisis, the number of people who moved across state lines has considerably decreased in the last 10 years. Between 2007 and 2008 only 4.7 million people moved across state lines, down from a high of 8.4 million in 2000. The data suggests that many boomers might be rethinking their retirement plans by delaying their retirement or choosing a retirement living option closer to home.