Niche Retirement Communities Are Growing — Are They Right for You?

From RV enthusiasts to Jimmy Buffett fans to yogis, there's a niche retirement community for almost everyone.

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Moving famously like a pig-in-a-python through the economy for seven-plus decades, Baby Boomers have been shaping consumer goods and services since they were in onesies. Now, history’s most influential generation is fueling the growth of the next logical sector: the niche retirement community.

Niche retirement communities are exactly what they sound like. They’re residential developments, urban, suburban and even seafaring, designed to appeal to narrowly cast affinity groups–from Jimmy Buffett fans to yoga practitioners. And they come in almost every type of senior accommodation — from active to independent, assisted living through continuing care. 

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Contributing writer for Kiplinger Retirement Report