Established in 1994 as an education-based organization focused on retiree attraction as an economic development strategy, The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association. The AARC is one of the few non-profit, cooperative organizations in the industry that does research on and for retirement communities.

The AARC Seal of Approval program was established to recognize communities and master-planned developments that possess the resources and amenities to attract today’s relocating retiree, evaluating such areas as Quality of Life (healthcare, retiree-appropriate housing, Adult Education, Services, Recreational and Cultural Opportunities, Crime Rate and more) and formal commitment to retiree attraction and programs (governmental and other retiree-focused organizations). Seal of Approval recipients have submitted their community and its programs to scrutiny by the volunteer board of the AARC.

With the goal of providing an unbiased perspective on retirement communities for potential buyers, the AARC Seal of Approval has gained growing prominence in the retiree buying process. We encourage feedback on ways to make the AARC a greater resource in your decision process – send an email to

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Cookeville, TN

If you enjoy being charmed by unsurpassed natural beauty, rich historical heritage, art and cultural events, unique downtown shops, cosmopolitan cuisine, and outdoor opportunities at many parks and lakes then Cookeville, Tennessee is a great place for you! Cookeville-Putnam County is known for ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Kingsport, TN

You’re happiest at home, in the “Foothills” of Tennessee. A place where you can put your feet up, kick back with friends, and “live the good life”, Kingsport-Bristol is not too hot, not too cold, but just right! Midway between New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Orlando, in a state with no ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Chattanooga, TN

You're ready to give up the grind, but you still want to make a difference. After all, you've got the rest of your life to do exactly what you want. That means time to relax - with plenty more for meaningful pursuits. Welcome to Chattanooga, Tennessee, the place so beautiful it inspired a ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Aberdeen, MS

Aberdeen has been named one of the "Ten Great Small Towns for Retirement" by Travel 50 and Beyond Magazine. The community's rich history comes alive every day - especially in April during the Aberdeen Southern Heritage Pilgrimage, which showcases Aberdeen's historic Antebellum and Victorian ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Brandon, MS

Brandon, named after Mississippi’s first native born governor- Gerard C. Brandon, was established in 1831. During the Civil War, Brandon felt the full wrath of General Sherman’s Army as it marched through Jackson to Vicksburg. Most of the town was burned by the Yankee soldiers and most private ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Brookhaven, MS

Brookhaven provides a safe haven for adults and children alike and has been recognized as a “Homemaker’s Paradise” since the early 1900?s and was one of the first cities to receive the prestigious “Seal of Approval” designation by the American Association of Retirement Communities. It is ideally ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Clinton, MS

As a "Certified Retirement City" Clinton is well equipped to meet the needs of those who are seeking that special place to retire. Excellent quality of life, extensive healthcare options, a wide variety of cultural and recreational offerings and much more all make Clinton a small town charm with ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Columbus, MS

Columbus is a small town so filled with arts and culture and character (200 antebellum homes grace our streets) that it could have been the creation of a writer like Eudora Welty, who went to college here, or playwright Tennessee Williams, who was born here and whose birthplace is now our ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Compass Pointe

At Compass Pointe, they are creating a vibrant, active lifestyle at a wonderfully affordable price. This walkable, gated coastal Carolina community offers residents a true “resort-style” way of life. Places to gather with family and friends, pristine lakes and amenity centers abound. Compass ... learn more

Type: Gated
State: NC

Dublin-Laurens County, GA

Laurens County is centrally located in Middle Georgia halfway between Atlanta and Savannah on Interstate 16 and less than two hours from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and Savannah Shipping Port. Our strategic positioning ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Hattiesburg, MS

Greater Hattiesburg is known for its low cost of living, quick access to New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, area attractions and recreational activities. A thriving healthcare system, educational institutions and strong military presence make Hattiesburg a fabulous place to live and ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Laurel, MS

Laurel’s Central Historic District, listed on the national register of Historic Places, is the state’s largest, finest and most intact ensemble of the early 20th century architectural styles including classical and colonial revivals, Queen Anne, bungalow and craftsman. Surrounding the hundreds ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Madison, MS

Madison is a "Certified Retirement City" and nationally ranked as one of the best retirement locations in the country. It was named as one of the "Top Ten Cities to Raise a Family," by Family Circle Magazine and also awarded the seal of approval by the American Association of Retirement ... learn more

Type: City-Region

McComb, MS

McComb is a Certified Retirement Community with a mild four season climate, low cost of living and high quality of life. Area Activities and Opportunities include 63 holes of Golf, abundant fishing and hunting, public boating, special courses at special rates to seniors at the Institute ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Meridian, MS

From outdoor concerts and parades to festivals and sports, Meridian residents like a good time. There are a variety of sports complexes that support softball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and walking, plus 4 golf courses. Bonita Lakes, the largest Urban Forest in the nation, features two lakes; ... learn more

Type: City-Region