Columbia Attracts Retirees
Starwalt walks to the University of Missouri's Memorial Stadium on game days and loves seeing all the people. She has a special link to the Tigers because of her partner.
"Ed used to play for Missouri, so that is a good connection because, once you play football, you always have football in your blood," Starwalt explained. "I've always been a football person, moreso than anyone else in my family, and I'm the one that always has the football games on and it's just being with a crowd and seeing them cheer on their team."
However, football games aren't the only reason retirees move to college towns.
"I have several clients that just love the activity that goes on in a college town, but yet they can get away from it," said Columbia Realtor Emily Thrasher. "We do have the growth and subdivisions that are the mature subdivisions, that not a lot of students live in. But yet if [retirees] want the young life, they can come downtown or hang out locally, and they are going to meet all sorts of people."
Added Starwalt, "I think it's a wonderful place to start a new life and it certainly has helped me."