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

Clinton, MS

Type: City-Region

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 big city amenities.
A college town of about 25,000 residents, Clinton is centrally located in the state and is just a short drive away from the varied attractions of the capital city of Jackson and the historical and gaming aspects of the Mississippi River cities.


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