Retirement is an opportunity for meeting new people and experiencing new things, and according to a new study Caribou is among the best places to do it in Maine. SmartAsset ranked the cities with the most recreational and social opportunities for retirees as part of their study on the Best Places to Retire. The index factors in the number of recreation centers and retirement centers available to seniors as well as what percentage of the city’s population they represent.
“Not only is Caribou the most affordable place to live in Maine, we are great place for seniors to retire to as well,” said City Manager Austin Bleess. “With the great events such as Thursdays On Sweden and the great venue of the Caribou Recreation and Wellness Center, Caribou is able to offer people of all ages great recreational and social opportunities.”
Bleess also pointed to the Take It Outside Series that the Caribou Recreation Department does. These programs help people be active. With events outdoors, such as bird watching, hiking, and snowshoeing and tours of area manufacturers and social interest trips these programs offer something for everyone.
The rankings used statistics of Recreation Centers and Retirement Centers per 1,000 people and the percentage of seniors. Using these data points Caribou was given a Recreation and Social Index of 19.89, which is the ninth highest in the state.
Bleess also stated “We work hard to provide opportunities for everyone here in Caribou. Because of these efforts we are quickly becoming a great recreational leader in Aroostook County. We look forward to building on these successes and continuing to make Caribou the best place to live, work and play in Maine.”
For a full look at the methodology and interactive map, people may visit the website: https://goo.gl/T8rQcJ.