Retire in Traverse City

Best Retirement City - Traverse City

See why many believe that Traverse City is the best city to retire

On the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City MI is ideal for retirees looking for easy lake access in a beautfiul setting. Being the largest producer of tart cherries in the country, the annual National Cherry Festival attracts nearly a half million visitors each year. For those who love the outdoors, Traverse City offers beautiful freshwater beaches, excellent hiking, multiple vineyards, even a National Lakeshore. Other local highlights such as the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the City Opera House, provide locals with a rotating selction of plays, movies, and theatre. Traverse City is comprised of a variety of unique neighborhoods, with Mapleton and City Center being two examples. Mapleton lies directly on the shore of the Bay, and is known for its safety and quiet lifestyle. City Center is (as it sounds) in the center of the City! Residents here enjoy easy access to shopping, dining, and public transportation.

City Highlights

  1. Beautiful waterfront location
  2. Ample outdoor activities
  3. Strong Healthcare
  4. Low crime rates

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Frequent grey skies

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 47,836

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Detroit, MI

Population Growth Last 3 Years



Grand Traverse

Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Cherry Capital Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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