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

Aberdeen, MS

Type: City-Region

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 homes (over 220 buildings in Aberdeen are listed on the National Register of Historic Places).

Aberdeen was one of Mississippi's first Certified Retirement Communities. Retirees from large metropolitan areas find that the small town atmosphere is a welcome change of pace, and love Aberdeen’s colorful history, magnificent architecture, choice recreation, modern amenities and genuine Southern hospitality.


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