When people think retirement, their minds don’t often go to Dayton, Ohio. As more unconventional retirement destinations become options for Baby Boomers, Ohio – and Dayton specifically – have seen an increase in active lifestyle communities and retirees. It’s not only Ohioans that have looked towards Dayton for retirement, but also out-of-state residents. The biggest reasons behind this surge in popularity is a low cost of living, attractions like museums and green spaces, and a good selection of active lifestyle communities in the area.
One of the biggest factors behind Dayton becoming a top retirement destination in the Midwest is its relatively inexpensive cost of living. While the economy of Ohio has improved since the recession, most bigger and mid-sized cities have seen an increase in cost of living. With every necessary expense considered, Dayton’s cost of living is 4% lower than Ohio and 12% lower than the national average. That means that with Dayton’s economic growth and increase of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, their home and necessity costs have remained the same. Besides being inexpensive, Dayton is a dream for historic buffs. The Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre park that doubles as a museum. Throughout the park, visitors can find indoor and outdoor museums and exhibits. This includes the Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane. The park also includes several exhibitions that focus on transportation innovation and reconstructed historical buildings like a tavern and a school. A similar attraction in Dayton is an outdoor museum depicting life in Ohio during the Civil War. Another outdoor museum in Dayton is the SunWatch Indian Village, home to a reconstructed Native American village based on the remains of a village found on that same site. Other museums in the city are the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Ohio Village, America’s Packard Museum, and many more. Dayton is also noted for its many parks, green spaces, and recreational areas. One of the most popular is the Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroPark, a 189-acre park in southwest Dayton that includes a butterfly house and several gardens. It’s the perfect place for a scenic, secluded day out. The Miami River runs through downtown Dayton and provides the city with miles of picturesque riverfront space, including RiverScape MetroPark. The park includes a river walk, food stands, event lawn, and even ice skating in the winter. Other parks in the area are the Wegerzyn Gardens, Eastwood MetroPark, and Englewood MetroPark. As Dayton becomes a hotspot for Baby Boomers, more and more active lifestyle communities are being built in the area. Most of these communities are quaint, amenity-rich, low-maintenance neighborhoods that are perfect for an active lifestyle. Located just outside Dayton in Springboro is Villas at The Point, an attached home community built by Epcon. Villas at The Pointe is part of the larger Settler’s Walk community, giving residents two private clubhouses and outdoor pools, as well as access to the amenities of Settler’s Walk. The Villas at Beavercreek is also a popular community in Dayton. Residents can choose from several floor plans for attached and single-family homes, all while enjoying private amenities like a clubhouse, outdoor pool, and walking trails. Some newer communities include Scarborough Village and Ballymeade Village. Scarborough Village is located in Dayton and includes 56 new or resale attached homes. Homeowners can choose from two floor plans and enjoy several amenities like a clubhouse, exercise room, outdoor pool, and walking trails. Ballymeade Village is located in nearby Beavercreek and includes 46 attached homes and three different floor plans. Private amenities at the community include a clubhouse, exercise room, and outdoor pool. There is no end in sight for Dayton’s emergence as a popular retirement destination and there’s never been a better time to hop on the bandwagon.