Nothing quite matches the vibe of a college town community. Thriving with culture, creativity and a love of learning, not only are they attractive to retirees, but living in a college town can be a smart financial move too. Compared with life in a big city, you'll save on everything from housing to recreation. Theaters, galleries and adult-education courses outside the university, not to mention excellent health care and reasonable living costs prove that there's something about living near a campus that stimulates the mind and spirit. To preview college town communities by a particular state, simply click on the desired state name listed below.