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.

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Natchez, MS

Natchez, MS offers a unique retirement lifestyle with a community that cherishes it's past while always looking to the future. Natchez, located in Southwest MS on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, provides a great climate and a lower than average cost of living with no MS state tax ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Oxford, MS

Oxford offers a remarkable retirement lifestyle which has recaptured a tranquility and community spirit that many remember as a thing of the past. It is also widely regarded as a center for southern arts, culture, and literature. Oxford has been highlighted in over 75 news commentaries, ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Picayune, MS

Picayune is located in Pearl River County in the southern most tip of Mississippi. Located along the Hobolochitta Creek, which flows into the Pearl River, Picayune is a peaceful community with gently rolling hills, clean air and water, and short winters The region has its rural atmosphere and ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Southaven, MS

Located just a few miles south of the Tennessee line, Southaven is known as the “Top of Mississippi,” based on more than geographic location. Excellent schools, active churches, superb public services and an overwhelming sense of community spirit embrace Southaven in a world removed from ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Starkville, MS

Home of Mississippi State University, Starkville offers retirees a congenial blending of ages, with each age group contributing its own kind of energy. The people here are welcoming, friendly, and committed to their community. As a college town, it maintains a nice balance between town and ... learn more

Type: City-Region

West Point, MS

West Point embodies what was best about America a generation ago. Neighbors are friendly, family values are held close, and the cost of living is affordable. Although enjoying four distinct seasons, our community is blessed with a moderate winter which does not hamper an active ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Hot Springs Village, AR

The largest gated community in the United States, Hot Springs Village offers property owners from around the world 26,000 acres with amenities accommodating an active lifestyle. You’ll find 11 recreational lakes, a 13-clay court tennis facility, 8 pickleball courts, 9 golf courses, restaurants, ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Milledgeville, GA

Bathed in an intoxicating mixture of magnolia and moonlight, her classic beauty is unsurpassed. Cloaked in mystery and intrigue, her appeal is universal and her attraction undeniable. Like a true southern belle, she perfectly charms treasured guests with fascinating tales, southern delicacies, ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Imagine…the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Our white sand beach stretches 26 miles and stately live oaks grace the coastline. It’s an area with a personality all its own. With first-class casinos, championship golf courses, superb restaurants, and great fishing and boating on the Gulf of Mexico, ... learn more

Type: City-Region

The Landings on Skidaway Island

One of the first coastal “destination” communities (founded in 1972, won the industry’s highest honor in 1986) remains a unique success – The Landings on Savannah’s Skidaway Island has seen home sales DOUBLE in 2 years. What a way to celebrate 40 years of success! Was it the amenities (6 golf ... learn more

Type: Gated
State: GA

Crossville, TN

Crossville is known as the "Golf Capital of Tennessee" and that has been attracting individuals from all over the nation. The area is home to premiere retirement and vacation resorts like Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi as well as the unique Gardens Village. A robust entertainment, arts ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Paris, TN - Henry County

When folks who have found Paris and Henry County tell their friends about us, one word comes into the conversation…”charmed.” And we couldn’t agree more! Rich in history and southern culture, our community is just the right size to know your neighbors yet large enough for retired individuals ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Savannah, TN - Hardin County

In Hardin County, retirees are attracted to the rich history of our community, availability of healthcare, and the many educational and recreational opportunities. Approximately 20 percent of Hardin County’s population is comprised of individuals over 65 years of age. Living in Savannah and the ... learn more

Type: City-Region

Peninsula on The Indian River Bay, Millsboro DE

Located on the historic Delmarva Peninsula next to Delaware's famed Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches, The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay is a gated golf community set on nearly 800 acres and surrounded by water on three sides. Home to the first private Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in ... learn more

Type: Gated
State: DE