Some active adults travel the world after they retire. Others just spoil their grandkids. But hey, not you. You’ve got a different plan. You’re going to enjoy your retirement to the fullest extent possible—by heading right back to work.

You’re actually not that crazy for doing so. According to the AARP, 7 in 10 working adults plan to continue working during retirement; this figure includes those active adults who plan to work only part-time because they enjoy working so much, as well as those who need the extra income, and even those who plan to start their own companies.

Whatever your reason for continuing to work, you should consider moving to a retirement community near Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nev., or San Diego, Cal. A recent study by found that employees working in these cities tended to be happier than employees working in other U.S. cities. Two standout active adult communities near these cities are Suffield Meadows and Sun City Anthem.

Suffield Meadows is located in Warrenton, VA. The single-family homes in this private, age-restricted neighborhood come in all kinds of configurations, from attached homes to condos, but every single home has an up-close view of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. And if that doesn’t pique your interest, consider this: Washington, D.C., the happiest place to work in the entire U.S., is less than 45 minutes away.

Living in the northeast does have one noticeable downside, and that’s the weather. Are you looking for friendlier skies? Start thinking about a home in Sun City Anthem. The community is located in Henderson, Nev., where you’ll enjoy some of the country’s best golf courses—and moderate temperatures year round! All of the single-family homes in Sun City Anthem are perched on the foothills of the Black Mountains, which tower 800 feet over the Valley. Residents of this age-restricted community enjoy on-site golfing, hiking, swimming, and even gambling. Best of all, Las Vegas is only 15 miles away.

But maybe you won’t be playing much golf. Maybe gambling is the last thing on your mind, because you’re among the 23% of adult workers planning to keep working after you retire solely for the extra income ( More money means more freedom to do the things you love, right? If this sums up your attitude, you might think San Jose, Cal. is the best place to retire, because it’s been dubbed the most wage-advantageous city by working adults.

Our favorite retirement community in San Jose is The Villages Golf and Country Club, where residents enjoy single-family, attached and condo homes starting just above $200,000. This community is nestled in the Evergreen Foothills of Santa Clara County and features four club houses, a golf club, a fitness center, a library, and special hobby rooms for photography, woodworking, cards and more. After a long day at work, you’ll have plenty of time (and space!) to enjoy your favorite hobbies.

Of course, the hustle and bustle of San Jose isn’t for everyone. Perhaps you’d rather spend your days in a town like Newtown, Conn., which ranks second among wage-advantageous cities in the U.S. It’s also just minutes from the Atlantic shoreline. There are plenty of great communities in the area, like Newtown Woods. This 55+ age-restricted community is brand new, with just under 200 homes. It’s also close to boutique shopping and fine dining—and it offers homeowners a wide variety of lifelong-learning opportunities.

While some adult workers dream of longer days spent on the golf course accompanied by buddies or by the pool with a good book in hand, others dream about finally being able to start that company they’ve always envisioned owning. If you’re part of this 18% of adults, you might be surprised to hear that Dallas, Tex., Atlanta, Ga., and Denver, Col. are considered some of the best cities for entrepreneurs (Kiplinger). Maybe it’s the sunny days in Dallas, the scenic views in Denver and the southern hospitality in Atlanta that make these cities the best for eager aristocrats, but we’re going to bet it’s the low business and living costs coupled with the generous tax credits.

A few of our favorite neighborhoods in these cities include Robson Ranch Texas and Verona at Highlands Ranch. An aspiring entrepreneur looking for the best place to retire will enjoy state-of-the-art fitness and recreational centers at Robson Ranch and miles of trails along the High Line Canal at Verona. Each of these 55+ age-restricted communities offers multiple floor plans and large outdoor living spaces. And homeowners don’t have to worry about shoveling snow at Verona; this kind of community-wide maintenance is taken care of by dedicated staff members.

Many younger people think retirement means the end of working, but in reality, most retirees remain employed, either part-time or full-time, for myriad reasons. By mapping out a plan, doing a little research, and visiting active adult communities that match your must-haves, you and other active adults can easily find the best place to retire that will allow you to continue working, while still enjoying all of the perks that retirement has to offer.

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