College Towns Can Be Attractive Later In Life

William Riffer, 70, hopscotched around the country during a career in the Navy and later as a manager in the nuclear power industry, moving 19 times. So it’s not surprising that it took him a little time to figure out where he wanted to retire about a decade ago.

He and his wife, Cecelia, 69, decided to settle in Virginia; Ms. Riffer grew up in Roanoke, and Mr. Riffer’s mother was then living in Yorktown. Their first choice, Fredericksburg, was only about an hour from Washington, but they didn’t find a home to their liking and the traffic was too busy.

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