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Retirement Living In Burlington - Wisconsin

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Area Description

Small town charm and friendliness; high quality of life; proximity to Chicago (65 miles) and Milwaukee (30 miles); four major highways and access to two interstate highways;

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Discover Burlington!

This area is truly a 4-season destination with something for everyone 12 months a year! Our rivers, lakes, streams, and woodlands are just the beginning of your experience in our wonderful city. Visitors can easily enjoy a leisurely afternoon strolling along Burlington’s Scenic Riverwalk or beautiful trails. Adding to the beauty of Burlington’s landscape are dozens of parks, many along the banks of the White and Fox Rivers, offering playground equipment, picnic areas, and fishing. Our rivers and lakes make Burlington a popular destination for boating, fishing and water sports enthusiasts alike. Area lakes include Bohner Lake, Browns Lake, Rockland Lake and Echo Lake - located in the heart of the city.

The Farmers’ Market takes place in Wehmhoff Square Park located in Downtown Burlington every Thursday evening May through October from 3 - 7 p.m. and the Kiwanis Civic Band and B-Town Sounds perform free concerts in Echo Park during the summer. Bring your blanket and picnic basket because you won’t want to miss it! Remember, no visit to Burlington is complete without seeing the Aquaducks Water-Ski Show, the Rotary Barons or the Southern Lakes Blue Devils. The Aquaducks Water-Ski show is free and held on Thursday evenings in the summer at Fischer County Park on Browns Lake. The Rotary Barons are a semi-professional baseball team that began in 1997. You can see them in action yourself during their season, which runs from May through August at Beaumont Field, across from Echo Lake. Last but not at all the least are the Southern Lakes Blue Devils, a semi-professional football team consisting of non-college bound stand-out athletes. The Ironman league consists of 16 teams within Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Just minutes southeast of Burlington on Rustic Road Hwy. B, you will find two of our area’s most valued treasures - AEppelTreow Winery and Brightonwoods Orchards; a collaborative venture that produces award-winning wines, sweet cider and a large variety of heritage apples in season. Across the street sits Richard Bong State Recreation Area with over 4,500 acres of rolling grassland, savanna, wetlands and scattered woodland.

Burlington’s official nickname, Chocolate City USA, celebrates Nestle USA’s long term commitment to the community as well as the annual ChocolateFest held every year on Memorial Day weekend. ChocolateFest draws visitors from around the country and grows in popularity every year as people come to see what giant chocolate creation has been made to celebrate each year’s theme.

For information on any of these events or attractions, contact the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce at (262) 763-6044 or visit us online at www.burlingtonchamber.org.

Cultural Activities

Burlington is home to several historical, educational and entertaining attractions. The historic Malt House Theater is home to The Haylofters, one of Wisconsin’s oldest continuing community theaters. The Burlington Historical Society maintains the Burlington Historical Museum and Pioneer Cabin, offers a self-guided walking tour of Historic Burlington, and has traced the BuR SPUR of Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad. Plus, the Chocolate Experience Museum, Spinning Top Museum, and Logic Puzzles Museum will delight children and adults alike. Known as the home of the Liars’ Club, Burlington boasts the Tall Tales Trail, a self-guided tour of championship lies immortalized on bronze plaques displayed throughout the community.

Public transportation

Senior bus transportation

Medical Facilities

Aurora Memorial Hospital serves this area with over 100 physicians along with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. Aurora Wellness Center is a medically-oriented center and is affiliated with Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. The center features a team of health care professionals, state-of-art facilities and fitness equipment.

The center focuses on improved fitness and overall well-being. All memberships include a new member consultation. The center also offers outpatient rehabilitation services, health education classes and programs for local students. Physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and occupational therapists are on site to treat or prevent work or sports-related injuries and offer pediatric rehabilitation and speech therapy.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Burlington, Wisconsin?

For those of you that retire in Burlington, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 20's and highs in the low 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 10's. You may have a few days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Burlington such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Burlington!

Summertime in Burlington is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Burlington, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  12  20  29
 Feb  15  24  33
 Mar  25  34  44
 Apr  36  47  58
 May  46  57  69
 Jun  56  68  79
 Jul  61  72  83
 Aug  60  70  81
 Sep  51  62  74
 Oct  40  50  61
 Nov  29  38  46
 Dec  17  25  32

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  30  6
 Feb  0  27  4
 Mar  0  24  0
 Apr  0  10  0
 May  0  1  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  6  0
 Nov  0  19  0
 Dec  0  29  3

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  10  16 %
 Feb  2 "  8  19 %
 Mar  2 "  9  27 %
 Apr  3 "  11  35 %
 May  4 "  12  45 %
 Jun  4 "  10  56 %
 Jul  4 "  10  62 %
 Aug  4 "  9  61 %
 Sep  3 "  9  53 %
 Oct  3 "  10  41 %
 Nov  3 "  10  31 %
 Dec  2 "  10  21 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  13 "  21  7
 Feb  8 "  15  5
 Mar  5 "  5  3
 Apr  1 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  2 "  2  2
 Dec  9 "  13  6

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Cost of Living for Burlington, WI

Burlington, Wisconsin cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Family oriented neighborhoods, senior apartments, assisted living facilities, condos, all well maintained and part of our historic Burlington Community.

Senior Assistance in Burlington, WI

Burlington, Wisconsin offers the following assistance for seniors:

The senior center offers a great meeting place and activities as well as meals on wheels.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Burlington Offer For Retirees?

Two business parks, international companies and mid-size companies.

Volunteering is an important and satisfying way to be a part of something that contributes to this unique place known as Burlington, Wisconsin. Actually, based on the observations of someone who has lived in seven different cities in his work life, it is my feeling that volunteerism is a way of life in Burlington and a critical thread that weaves throughout the fabric of what makes Burlington a great place to live and do business.

In some ways, what volunteers accomplish for their organization can take a back seat to the simple enjoyment received from working side-by-side with friends, getting out of the house and contributing to the greater good. It is one of the wonderful things about a small community and for newcomers, it is one of the best ways to get to know people and to feel like this new place really is one’s new home.

The volunteer opportunities are limitless. For example, if you are a church member, there are a myriad of activities such as annual festivals, craft shows and participation in the church service itself in which one can get involved. Service clubs continue to be popular and, in addition to regular meetings, they stage events ranging from food festivals to bike rides to arts and crafts shows. And do not forget the Chocolate Festival itself, an event that always is looking for an infusion of new blood.

There are opportunities to serve on committees with the City of Burlington. The Chamber of Commerce depends on volunteers for events such as the Home Expo and the Christmas Parade, to name just two. There are baseball and soccer programs that need coaches and umpires. So if you are new in town or a lifelong resident who has decided to get in the game, stop at the Chamber, a church office or ask a volunteer for a “road map” to getting involved.

And if you decide that being a volunteer sounds like it is right for you, remember that you will be joining a huge “family” of dedicated people who love their community and generously have given of their time and talent to make Burlington the special place that it is. And you just might find that the time you spend volunteering is more rewarding than anything that you might have missed on television!

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