1. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Say, “Lancaster,” and many people think of Amish communities. While the Pennsylvania Dutch (as German immigrants were once known) are an integral part of the surrounding county of the same name, the city is a modern hub of activity. It blends history, a vibrant arts scene and diverse neighborhoods. For seniors, Lancaster offers good value and a high quality of life, factors that helped propel it to No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best cities for retirement.