10 Things to Consider When Relocating After 50
Deciding on a new city to call home after 50 can be best approached if you think like an
informed consumer. That means doing your research. You are effectively buying an area’s
offerings of a new lifestyle, and your new place in life.
You may be a grandparent who wants to live near grandchildren. You may be a divorced or
married empty nester, or a solo ager with freedom to choose any city. That freedom presents
many opportunities, along with challenges in making your final selection.
I’ve been developing a planning guide called Project MNP (My New Place) to help fellow
50+ers find a new place in life, including a new city if relocation is a goal. Short term rentals,
AirBnB sublets and other arrangements can let you test out a place and live like a local, not a
tourist. However, this becomes cost prohibitive if you have multiple cities in mind. To shorten
your list, start with an online search.
Here are 10 of my top recommendations for relocating after 50:
1. Get the most out of your Google searches. Be kind to yourself by keeping your online
research of cities under a tight focus. You’ll avoid information overload and unproductive
hours online. The goal is to curate the best information from the sources that provide
2. Ask a smart speaker for help. Alexa is becoming a trusted companion to older adults. This
type of smart speaker and others like it (hands-free, digital voice-activated assistants) could be
your time saver in finding quality data about your city of interest.
In a recent CityLab article, Have a Question About Your City? Ask Alexa , assistant editor Linda
Poon described how local governments are starting to use smart speakers as “an easy way to
connect people to services and information.” As Poon noted, local governments can
communicate with residents and provide a city’s crime data, neighborhood arrests, zoning and
3. Be aware of the difference between city data based on transparency and destination
marketing. Convention and visitors’ bureaus, chambers of commerce, tourist boards, city
magazines, local hospitality industries and even local real estate companies have a common
objective. They’re in the business of destination marketing. You will find beautifully styled
websites, photos, videos and ads that promote the area as the ideal place to live, visit, work,
invest and run a business.
These organizations will serve you well when you are looking for inspiration about the city’s
best offerings. However, no city is 100 percent ideal. You will need to look elsewhere for full
disclosure on the city’s weaknesses, or at least realities. For example, a convention and
visitors bureau will not boast that its city has a high crime rate, an opioid crisis, an affordable
housing shortage or few services for older adults....
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