New York

Focus on New York

July 26, 2019 • Fenny Peiffer

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New York, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps,… there are so many names for New York, yet not one is adequate enough to sum up this bustling, vibrant city.  New York is one of the most populated cities in America.  It is noisy, it is exciting, and it is fun.  Just like the state song states, “there isn’t another like it, no matter where you go”.  If you wish to feel the excitement, the fun and the hustle and bustle of urban living, during retirement, New York is the place to be.  New York State is vastly different from NYC and you’ll want to know all about New York and why it should be your focus State to retire in. 

About New York

New York is one of the original 13 colonies, and that means it provides you a rich history.  The State is named for the Duke of York and Albany.  New York has many names including the Empire State which was a nickname from George Washington who believed New York would become the “seat of the empire”.  The State is bordered by Canada to the north, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to the northwest and west and Pennsylvania to the south, and Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east.  New York and New Jersey are divided by the Hudson River.  New York experiences hot summers and cold and damp winters.   Architecturally, New York has many noteworthy buildings in various styles that portray different periods in history.  The oldest building in New York can be found in Brooklyn, some of which date back to the 1600s.  The newest is One World Trade Center, under construction at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. The Big Apple is a major world capital and a leader in finance, arts and communications.  The port of New York is one of the largest and is ranked as largest in the East Coast.  Home of the United Nations and to some of the world’s largest corporations, New York is a State forever on the go.

The population of New York is third only to California and Texas with approximately 8 million people.  There are more than 900,000 (11.71%) people over the age of 65 living in New York.  23.58% of the elderly occupy households and the average household size is 2.59.

(Source: The average house prices in New York are in the range of $329,900. (Source:

Living in New York

If you are planning your retirement in New York, you will not run out of things to see and do.  There are flourishing hills, fertile river valleys, beautiful lakes, and high mountains.  New York is one of the cultural centers of the western world and this means you have an abundance of museums, theaters, and performing arts and various other things and places to see in this busy state.  If you are in Manhattan, don’t miss out on catching a Broadway play in the theater district.  Many visitors to New York are awed by the Statue of Liberty who has welcomed many immigrants to the land of liberty and freedom.  You can relive this era and feel the excitement of the immigrants by taking a ferry trip to Ellis Island where the names of the immigrants who set foot on American soil many years ago can be seen on display.

Active Adult Communities in New York

There are so many things to see and do in New York that you have to live here to really experience the wonders of this State.  Luckily, there are 146 active adult communities in New York.  You can consider a home in any of these communities to experience the perfect retirement living in the city.

More information about active adult communities in New York and various other states can be gathered by visiting®, a comprehensive website of more than 8,400 active adult communities.

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