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South Bend ranked high as place to retire

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It seems like more people may be choosing South Bend as a place to call home, even as they get up there in age. AARP released a list that ranked South Bend in the top ten for places to retire, for a good price and community members say they aren't surprised.

"I like South Bend, I think South Bend has a lot going for it," says retiree Rick Rice.

He retired a couple years ago and moved to the city from Granger shortly after. "More and more people are coming here because it's centrally located."

He says he isn't surprised that people are chosing South Bend to retire. "You've got the nice restaurants downtown, parks, the farmer's market we can walk to, and there's just so much you can do."

The city is featured in this month's AARP The Magazine's Best Places to Retire For Less and DTSB executive director Aaron Perri says he agrees this is an affordable place to settle. "The cost of living is excellent if you don't have a consistent income coming in or a lower income coming in."

Besides housing, he says there are plenty of dinning and entertainment options for cheap. "Retirees can take advantage of those things probably better than us with full time jobs are able to do."

With theaters, museums, and the riverwalk, he says there are plenty of things to do for all ages. "All the reasons the article cited are excellent reasons to live in South Bend, whether you're retired or not."

And spokesperson Dennis Brown says the University of Notre Dame adds to the appeal. "There is so much going on that can be of interest to a wide array of people."

He says the university hosts many events are free or discounted for senior citizens. "I know a lot of the seniors in our community attend, for example women's basketball and volleyball, a lot of the fans there are seniors in the South Bend community."

And Rice says those are just the type of events he enjoys participating in, which is why he doesn't plan on living anywhere else. "This is home."

The one downfall that retirees say South Bend has is snow! Many folks we talked with say they try to get away during the winter months.

To look at other cities that made the cut click here.

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