As the recession inspires a generation of baby boomers to seek retirement in regions of the nation where quality of life is high, the search is on for small towns offering affordable, active lifestyles.

Ashland, Oregon is listed among the top 21 places in the United States to retire by BestBoomerTowns.com, a Web site founded by a Fortune 500 company executive. The list was compiled by considering: range of home prices, university access, airport convenience, active communities, great health care access, mild climates and abundant cultural activities. Hundreds of U.S. towns were narrowed to 21 Best Boomer Towns to retire or relocate.

The recession is accelerating the transition from larger cities to smaller towns by America’s Baby Boomer generation seeking lower costs of living, less stress and greater quality of life. The estimated 78 million boomers consist of those born between 1946 and 1964.

Best Boomer Towns List:
Aiken, South Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina
Ashland, Oregon
Athens, Georgia
Austin, Texas
Bend, Oregon
Camarillo, California
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Charlottesville, Virginia
Columbia, Missouri
Danville, Kentucky
Fort Collins, Colorado
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Maryville, Tennessee
Paso Robles, California
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Prescott, Arizona
Reno, Nevada
St. George, Utah
Tucson, Arizona
Villages, Florida

For more information see www.bestboomertowns.com. Best Boomer Towns is headquartered in Santa Monica, founded by Fortune 500 Times Mirror executive and Integrated Marketing Communications Agency Vice President, Nancy Shonka Padberg.