But the cost of living is in the top 10 percent of U. metro areas, mostly because of high housing prices.
Locals are highly educated — fed by the 13,800 students at Western Washington University — and opportunities do exist for skilled workers.
What's not to love about a town that offers world-class urban planning, a thriving, artsy economy and easy access to myriad outdoor activities, including excellent skiing and sailing? OK, Burlington is in northern Vermont, which means winters come early, stay late and mean business. See also: Where to retire for a good life for less Burlington, located about 180 miles northwest of Boston and 75 miles south of Montreal, scores high for livability among seniors.
In 2008, AARP honored the Winooski Falls neighborhood with a livable community award for its blend of businesses, residences, public transportation and recreational spaces.
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See also: The 10 most affordable cities The city is home to the University of Georgia and is legend for its music scene, which produced such big-name bands as R. The arts calendar at the university is always packed.
UGA's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute caters to adult students and offers a number of noncredit courses.
Miles of lakefront trails keep walkers, joggers and cyclists in shape, and numerous ski resorts, including Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Jay Peak, are within easy reach.
Reasons for pause, besides the winters, include high taxes and expensive housing.
The city's centerpiece is Church Street Marketplace, a four-block, partially enclosed pedestrian mall that mixes Victorian and Art Deco buildings with modern structures to create a thriving city center.