Rural areas: the apple of retirees' eyes

Know which tradeoffs you can live with

A few years ago, Carol and George Snyder sold their longtime home in Lincoln, Neb., and decided to retire 270 miles away, to some acreage outside the town of Long Pine, Neb., population 320. By some measures, they didn’t go about it the right way.

They couldn’t be happier.

The Snyders don’t think of themselves as being on the leading edge of any trends, but they are. They’re part of a movement that a recent federal study suggests will see significant numbers of retirees moving from cities and suburbs to the countryside and tiny rural towns.