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 feedback@retirementdestinations.org.

Laurel, MS

Type: City-Region

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 of homes and buildings is incredible landscaping that was part of America’s master architect Fredrick Law Olmstead’s 1909 city plan. Add to this the internationally recognized Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Mississippi’s oldest art museum filled with spectacular collections; the dynamic 145-acre Sportsplex; a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities and a year-round schedule of festivals and special events.

Amenities

  • Restaurants
  • Shopping

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