SoCal Cities Dominate List of Best Places for Empty Nesters
Unfortunately or not, your parents might be moving nearby if they don't live close to you already.
Rental site Rent.com, with the help of New York-based Onboard Informatics, recently looked at American cities with 50,000 or more inhabitants and crunched such data as crime rates, decent weather, and how many oldsters they have to determine where "the Top 10 Cities for Empty Nesters" are.
Empty nesters, according to Rent.com, are over-50 folks whose grown children have left the building. Fifty is the age at which you can join the AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), drive way too slow, wear un-tucked Hawaiian shirts, and unlearn everything you ever knew about how to operate a smartphone.
The site ruled out cities with median household incomes of $53,000 or less, for some reason. That would actually put Los Angeles ($49,497) out of this game.
Not to worry, though, because other Southern California cities dominated this list. A Rent.com rep told us:
Half the list includes cities in California! ... Aside from the minimum-maintenance-required lifestyle apartment living provides, it also allows empty nesters to experience bustling city culture, scenic views and easy access to travel.
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Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City USA, made number three on Rent.com's top 10 ranking. This is awesome except when people riot during the annual U.S. Open of Surfing. We'd advise you to tell your parents to stay indoors for, like, the entire summer if they move here.
Riverside made number five. Irvine, which often ranks as the safest city in America, made sixth place. And Torrance, with its abundant Japanese food and light gang activity to the east, made seventh.
Number one on the list is Fremont, part of the San Francisco region's East Bay.
If you don't want your parents to be too close, you can always save this info for that day in the distant future when your own uncaring, unappreciative children leave you for much bigger, better things.
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