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10 Great Places to Retire for the City Life

Nightlife, culture and an always lively scene make these cities exciting places to retire

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A view of Broad Street in downtown Philadelphia. — Aurora

Fans of urban living appreciate what cities have to offer: the energy and excitement, the character-rich neighborhoods (one fabulous district rarely a great city makes) and personality-rich characters.

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Cities stay up late and get up early. There are always interesting places to walk and, almost always, at least some green space amid the concrete. And, of course, great cities come stocked with top restaurants, nightlife, cultural attractions and jobs.

City life is particularly appealing during the stage of life when you no longer have to consider such things as the quality of schools or the spaciousness of the backyard. It's no wonder that so many empty-nesters are leaving the suburbs and heading into town. If you're looking to do the same, check out our list of 10 great cities for retirement.

First up: Chicago »

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