Barnstable Named Happiest Place to Retire


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If you’re looking for a great place to retire, you may want to take your search in an unlikely direction. Despite the advantages of a sunny, warm environment to spend your Golden Years, it seems Barnstable may be the place to enjoy life to the fullest.

According to a recent study outlined on the website SoFi.com, Barnstable is number one in terms of the “Happiest Places to Retire”. The digital personal finance company looked at 200 of the nation’s largest metro areas, then compared data from a number of other sources to come up with the list. 

SoFi considered things that make people happy, such as health, financials, and social networks, and then dove a little deeper to includes things like healthcare access, community, and cost of living. When all was said and done, Barnstable ended up number one overall for community well-being. 

The website also pointed out the high percentage of residents in Barnstable older than age 65. While retirees are still attracted to places like Florida, the study found some traditionally colder places, such as Barnstable, are also appealing to many retirees.

SoFi points out the natural beauty of Barnstable, plus area beaches. The company also makes mention of the numerous activities, entertainment offerings, and the high level of social interaction that’s possible in Barnstable.

The town didn’t do so well in every category. The website mentions access to healthcare in Barnstable isn’t as good as it is in other spots, plus it’s an expensive place to live with the median household income topping $91,000.

The Town of Barnstable consists of seven villages. Hyannis is the largest and considered the town’s main business district. The Everleigh is an active-adult retirement community in Hyannis with such amenities as a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, as well as a meditation garden and swimming pool.

Of course, Hyannis Golf Course is a great place to get out and play some golf. You could also catch a whale watching cruise from Hyannis or take a ferry over to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

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