DeLand is featured in Where to Retire magazine

Busy sidewalk — People stroll along a Downtown DeLand sidewalk one recent afternoon. DeLand’s downtown was cited by a national magazine as one reason the city is a premier retirement destination.

Busy sidewalk — People stroll along a Downtown DeLand sidewalk one recent afternoon. DeLand’s downtown was cited by a national magazine as one reason the city is a premier retirement destination.

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The accolades continue to pile up for the City of DeLand as it is featured in Where to Retire magazine as being one of the premier downtown destinations in the U.S. The publication is the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement-relocation decisions, according to its editors.

“The quality of life in DeLand is second-to-none, and our Downtown is a major part of that. It’s great to see people have taken notice,” said Mayor Bob Apgar. “It’s easy to see why people, young and old, would want to live, work and play here.”

DeLand is featured in the article titled “Eight Delightful Downtown Cities” in the March/April 2017 issue, which became available Feb. 14. Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said many relocating retirees choose a destination with an “energized, bustling heart.”

“The growing Main Street movement has spurred hundreds of cities across the country to preserve, renovate and reinvigorate their central hubs. They’ve become retro chic gathering spots, with a host of independent shops and restaurants that help fashion the locale’s personality,” Fuller said. “These eight featured cities, including DeLand, have won the Great American Main Street Award in past years, and they continue to attract new residents with their vibrant downtowns.”

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire, according to the magazine’s editors. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better-educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development, the editors said.

Recognition for Downtown DeLand is nothing new, city spokesman Chris Graham said. In addition to receiving the Great American Main Street Award, Downtown DeLand was the first to receive MainStreet designation in Florida and has been voted best MainStreet in Florida five times, Graham said.

DeLand will be listed along with Dahlonega, Georgia; Franklin, Tennessee; Frederick, Maryland; Georgetown, Texas; Livermore, California; Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and Wenatchee, Washington.

Where to Retire magazine, now celebrating the 25th year of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire, is published six times a year and has a national circulation of 200,000. The magazine is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores, or by subscription. Go to WhereToRetire.com for more information.

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