In March 2011, the average monthly Social Security benefit was $1,179 and a couple each earning that would retire on $28,296 per year. In US News:Money, Emily Brandon shares some towns where this income would suffice, starting with Auburn, Alabama. Many are college towns, such as Boone, North Carolina, which allows seniors age 65+ to enroll in classes tuition-free. Others have nature preserves, lakes, etc. for outdoor activities or active cultural centers, with museums, concerts and festivals.