Boomer Life

Forbes named Columbia one of its top places to retire in 2015, and it's easy to see why. The myriad of health care options, including a plethora of specialists in areas such as orthopedic, thoracic and geriatric care means the community is well suited to care for the Boomer generation. The city's healthy real estate market includes a construction boom for retirement communities and assisted living facilities. Best of all, with recreation and entertainment options ranging from the Show-Me Senior Games to live theater means retirement in Columbia doesn't have to mean staying home baking cookies for the grandchildren or playing checkers in the park (although those are options too).