55 Places features nearly 200 New Jersey age-targeted and age-restricted active adult communities.

When it comes to retirement living there are many great destinations beyond Florida or Arizona. While some active adults dream of the sunny coast or an arid desert, others are more interested in finding an amenity-rich community closer to family and friends. Here are five states that feature fabulous active adult communities and plenty of local appeal.

1. New Jersey

The Garden State is an East Coast destination that has something to offer any active adult. Age-restricted communities include sprawling developments like Holiday City at Berkeley, intimate neighborhoods like Four Seasons at Readington and communities of nearly any size in between. New Jersey communities may put residents within easy reach of urban attractions in Philadelphia and New York City, or near coastal hot spots like Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore.

2. Illinois

Retiring to the Midwest is easy with a wide variety of active adult communities in Illinois. Many of these developments are centered in popular Chicago suburbs, where residents can enjoy shopping and dining at diverse retail centers, along with wonderful outdoor recreations including golf and water-based activities on Lake Michigan. Amazing resort-style amenities are found in age-restricted communities like Sun City Huntley in Huntley, Carillon in Plainfield and Grand Haven in Romeoville.

3. Virginia

Though Virginia is a Southern state, resident retirees can enjoy a temperate climate with all four seasons. In Northern Virginia, active adult communities are set in beautiful suburbs just outside of Washington, D.C. Central Virginia developments put residents within easy reach of the state's capital of Richmond, while Eastern Virginia features the historic charm of destinations like Colonial Williamsburg.


Tennessee retirees can stay close to the excitement of Nashville and still enjoy resort-style active adult living.

4. Tennessee

In Tennessee, active adult retirees can find beautiful communities near hot spots like Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. The state has seen rapid growth over the last decade, especially among retirees looking for lower-cost living. Tennessee communities often combine resort-style amenities with rural charm. Amenity-rich developments, such as Tellico Village and Rarity Bay, are often open to residents of all ages, yet active adults can also choose age-restricted communities like Lake Providence.

5. Pennsylvania

Featuring historic cities and charming small towns, the Keystone State is home to many appealing active adult communities. These are typically smaller developments, with less than 700 homes, yet they feature welcoming clubhouses with hobby and game rooms, swimming pools and other recreations. While the climate varies throughout the state, Pennsylvania generally experiences all four seasons with hot summers and cold winters. Popular attractions include cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as Lancaster's scenic Amish Country. There are many great places to retire, but your ideal destination is in the state that feels like home to you.