Pickleball is a popular activity at the Senior Center in Farmington Hills. The center serves seniors in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Pickleball is a popular activity at the Senior Center in Farmington Hills. The center serves seniors in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Farmington makes list of top places to retire in U.S.

By: Mary Beth Almond | Farmington Press | Published July 27, 2021

 Carolyn Watson, of Novi,  plays pickleball at the Senior Center regularly.

Carolyn Watson, of Novi, plays pickleball at the Senior Center regularly.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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FARMINGTON — A recent study revealed Farmington as one of the top 10 cities in the country to retire.

SmartAsset — a financial technology company — ranked Farmington the fifth best place to retire in the United States. Farmington was one of three Detroit-area suburbs ranked among the best places to retire in the country.

Cumming, Georgia, was ranked No. 1, followed by Naples, Florida; Beverly Hills, California; Gig Harbor, Washington; Farmington; Media, Pennsylvania; Westlake Village, California; Orange Park, Florida; Grosse Pointe; and Grand Blanc.

The seventh annual study considered four criteria: tax burden, access to medical care, opportunity for recreation and social activity.

Farmington had a reported tax burden of 16% and a population of 16.3% seniors.

The study also factored in the number of doctors’ offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per thousand residents in each location. Farmington has 18.6 doctors’ offices, 4.8 recreation centers and 1.4 retirement centers per thousand residents, according to the study.

Senior Division Supervisor Marsha Koet said she was “not surprised” to hear of Farmington’s high ranking.

“We’re at the top of a lot of lists,” said Koet. “Farmington is a lovely community. It has a small-town atmosphere with all the opportunities of living in a big city, being close to Detroit and Ann Arbor. It’s also surrounded by Farmington Hills, which has a lot of opportunities to it — there are a lot of medical centers. We have a great transportation program and a lot of good community service opportunities.”

Koet said the area senior center — the Costick Senior Center in Farmington Hills — serves seniors in both Farmington and Farmington Hills and is “wonderful.”

In a typical year, she said, the senior center serves about 110,000 meals to local seniors through Meals on Wheels and congregate meals programs, and it provides over 25,000 rides through its senior transportation program.

“We have a lovely pool, great pickleball amenities, a nice variety of exercise classes, a really nice bike club, wonderful parks and lots of nice walking trails,” she said. “We’re pretty busy.”

Farmington City Manager David Murphy could not be reached for comment at press time.

For more information on the study, visit www.smartasset.com.

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