Harrisonburg Chosen As A Top Place to Launch a Second Career After Retirement

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- According to U.S. News & World Report, Harrisonburg is one of the top ten places to launch a second career in retirement.

Harrisonburg was praised for its proximity between Shenandoah National Park and the historic sections of the city, as well as how it's a vibrant college town.

Leaders with the local Chamber of Commerce said a big draw for retirees moving here is cheaper real estate, which creates a domino effect, helping our economy grow.

Jim Laver moved to Harrisonburg to retire and said a lot of his neighbors also moved here from outside the area.

He now works part-time as a local real estate agent and sees many people selling their homes in places with higher demand, like Washington, D.C. to come to Harrisonburg and buy homes for less money.

"Rather than going to a place where it costs more to live, it's certainly helpful in retirement to go to a place where you can find the types of facilities you want and maybe pay a little bit less that what you payed for your house. So, maybe you don't have a mortgage or maybe it is relatively low," said Laver.

Laver said another big draw to Harrisonburg is all the big employers, including the local universities and Sentara RMH Medical Center.

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