Small communities offer a tight-knit lifestyle, low HOA fees, and less noise and traffic than bigger 55+ communities.

Small communities are beneficial in many ways to residents. Smaller communities lead to a close-knit community with neighbors. A slower paced lifestyle away from the activity and stress of a big city. There is less traffic and fewer crowds, which make travel easy. An additional benefit is a lower cost of living with lower homeowners' association fees. Pollution is also less of a factor in small communities.

If you're hoping to enjoy a tight-knit community while staying close to family in the Midwest, we've found some of the best small communities in the region.

Illinois

Victoria Park - Libertyville, IL

Victoria Park is a 55-plus community in Libertyville, Illinois. This community features 55 attached homes with both new and resale offered. There are six different floor plans available from 1,700 to 2,270 square feet. Victoria Park has a variety of amenities to keep residents entertained. A clubhouse is available for residents to socialize. The clubhouse features a fitness center and multi-purpose room. There are also scenic walking paths for buyers to enjoy.

Villas at Southbury - Oswego, IL

Villas at Southbury is located in the master-planned community of Southbury in Oswego, Illinois. There is no age restriction, however, the amenities are designed for adults with an active lifestyle. There are 107 single-family homes in this community. Construction began in 2012 by Orleans Homes. Villas at Southbury feature a variety of amenities for residents. These include a theatre room, library, and craft room. The clubhouse is a great place for residents to socialize. There are also two outdoor pools and walking paths to enjoy in the warmer months.

Ohio

The Courtyards on Tussic - Westerville, OH

The Courtyards on Tussic is a 55-plus community in Westerville, Ohio. The Courtyards completed construction in 2014 by Epcon Homes. This community features 31 single family homes with three different floor plans available. Residents enjoy socializing at the community pavilion. The Courtyards also features picnic tables and a barbecue grill for get-togethers. A picturesque pond completes the scenic outdoor area.

Autumn Hill Estates - Seven Hills, OH

Autumn Hills Estates is an active adult community in Seven Hills, Ohio. This community includes 71 single-family homes for resale only. Two or three bedroom models are available. An HOA takes care of maintenance and general upkeep. Autumn Hills features picturesque natural space and a community gazebo for neighbors to gather. Downtown Cleveland is just 13 miles away.

Michigan

Villas at Maple Creek - Canton, MI

Villas at Maple Creek is an active adult community in Canton, Michigan. Robertson Brothers Homes completed construction on this community in 2014. This community features 52 attached homes available for resale only. There are two models available ranging from 1,571 to 1,682 square feet. Villas at Maple Creek is located a few miles away from scenic Heritage Park. The 105-acre park features soccer fields, softball fields, an amphitheater, a pavilion, and much more to keep residents entertained. Canton itself is home to all the shopping and dining needs one could want.

The Villas of Ada - Ada, MI

The Villas of Ada is a community in Ada, Michigan. The Villas has no age-restriction and features 126 attached homes. Buyers can choose from two different floor plans ranging in size from 1,778 to 1,932 square feet. This community has a clubhouse featuring a fitness center and multi-purpose room. The Villas also features a library and catering kitchen for parties. Outdoors there is a swimming pool and patio area. Residents can stay active by taking advantage of scenic biking and walking trails in the area.