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10 Sunny Places for 55+Active Adults to Retire in 2024

February 26, 2021 • Fenny Peiffer

Senior Couple at the beach

Are you tired of the cold, sick of having to bundle yourself up with scarves, hats, coats, and boots every time you go outside?  Isn’t it time you considered a move to a warmer, sunnier climate?  Active adults don’t like being cooped up indoors, they want to be out enjoying life.  So, here are the ten sunniest places to consider for retirement:

Yuma, Arizona – Yuma is the sunniest city in the US with very little precipitation and humidity coupled with 320 sunny days a year making Yuma, Arizona an ideal choice for retirement. You may also consider other places in Arizona, there are over 120 active adult communities to choose from in this beautiful state.  Some popular active adult retirement communities in Arizona are The Encanterra Country Club by Shea Homes in San Tan Valley and Solera Chandler by Del Webb in Chandler.

Redding, California – Redding also enjoys over 300 sunny days annually.  It’s a gorgeous town with mountains surrounding it and the Sacramento River running through it.  There’s loads of natural beauty and many things to a senior living manufactured community of 178 homes.  There are over a hundred 55+ communities in California, including The Fairway Oaks Mobile Home Park in Redding; The Trilogy at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, and Belcaro in Valencia.
Las Vegas, Nevada –The city that never sleeps enjoys over 300 sunny days each year, very little humidity, and scant rainfall.  If you are seeking sparkling nightlife, shopping, dining, gambling, and adventure, Las Vegas is the place for you. The city boasts a variety of 55+ retirement communities including Trilogy in Summerlin and Trilogy Sunstone in Las Vegas, and Sandhill Valley, a manufactured community also located in Las Vegas.

Phoenix, Arizona – The City of Phoenix takes 5th place in the list of the sunniest places to retire boasting 300 sunny days a year.  With temperatures hitting 90 degrees approximately 169 days of the year, you can expect loads of sunshine.
Tucson, Arizona – Tucson may be a better option if you are seeking a slightly cooler climate than Phoenix, it rains more in Tucson than in Phoenix too.  Tucson offers museums, shopping, art galleries, and cultural centers as well as campgrounds and beautiful desertscapes that can be enjoyed all year round.
El Paso, Texas –Lying in West Texas, El Paso is sunny 302 days of the year.  There are many things to do in and around El Paso; you can visit the many regional vineyards or orchards of the upper Rio Grande or walk the city and shops. Although there are no active adult communities in El Paso, there are 300 communities spread throughout the state. Checkout: Heritage Ranch in Fairview.
Fresno, California – Located in Central California, Fresno promises sunny weather 79% of the year.  Learn about the city and its amazing variety and quantity of products that make it the No.1in agriculture production in the State.  Sunny weather helps you to enjoy the national parks, wineries, malls, cultural centers, etc.
Reno, Nevada – “The Biggest Little City in the World” is sunny 79% of the year.  It is best known for its casinos and is home to a number of recreational activities.  Aside from its nightlife and gambling, Reno is also famous for its museums, shopping, golf, bowling, and snow skiing.
Flagstaff, Arizona – This sunny place provides the perfect blend of comfort weather – sunny yet seldom too hot; the temperature rarely rises above 90.  Although there are snowy days, the sun is quick to melt the snow and let you enjoy every minute of your retirement in this higher-elevation town.
Sacramento, California – Sacramento is the capital city of California and is sunny 78% of the time.  This is one of the most historic cities in California with impressive landmarks including the Capitol Building, Tower Bridge, Sutter’s Fort, and many more. Take time to explore the numerous parks in a lovely climate.

So there you have it, the ten sunniest places to retire for 55+ active adults.  No more shoveling snow!  No more hats, scarves, and boots!  Goodbye cold winter, hello sunshine!


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