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City Ranks as Great Place to Retire

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Alexandria has made a name for itself on the Forbes list of best places to retire.

The list names 25 cities across the nation, taking into account things such as climate and cost of living.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford talked with retirees who say, they're not surprised we're getting this national recognition.  

"It's a great city to live in," said Anita Smith, a retiree.

Anita Smith is spending her golden years living at the Summit retirement home in Alexandria.

And according to Forbes, she's in the right city to do that. Alexandria ranks as one of the top 25 places in the country to retire.

"We've got the zoo, the parks. And, it's just a great place to live if you want to retire in a small town," she said.

The list looks at factors like climate, cost of living and housing prices. Here at home, according to Forbes, the average cost of a home is about $150,000.

"It's much more affordable. The rent, the houses, the price ranges," said Joe Betty Sterkx, a realtor. "You can get whatever you want in a price range."

City leaders say they're thrilled with the news and happy that the work the city is doing is paying of.

"We're very proud to have achieved a number three ranking out of 25 communities as best retirement communities," said Mayor Jacques Roy. "We think it goes hand in hand with our top wilderness designation and is an opportunity to present a competitive advantage for the City of Alexandria and our region."

Forbes says one of the only downsides is the crime. While the article didn't specify what type of crime, Alexandria has had five homicides this year.

That's just a small factor that Anita says she can deal with, because for her, there's no place like home.

"I wouldn't go anywhere else to live because I'm so used to it and I know how to get around," she said.

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