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Best Cities to Retire

People looking to live out their retirement dreams should look into these cities which have top-rated hospitals, low crime rates, comfortable weather, low-or-no income tax, many other residents over 55, and offer a wide variety of activities and experiences.

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Methodology

We determined the best cities to retire by comparing the 541 cities in our database across 9 categories. Each category is evaluated over a range of metrics with each metric being judged on a different point scale, as indicated below. Cities that receive the maximum points for each metric are determined to be the most desireable and appear higher in the list.

55 and Older - Total Points: 20

  • Proportion of population 55 and over1 - Points: 16
  • Proportion of population 65 and over1 - Points: 4

Recreational Activities - Total Points: 17
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  • Museums per Households6 - Points: 4
  • Performing arts centers per household7 - Points: 4
  • Casinos8 - Points: 2
  • Golf courses9 - Points: 2
  • Wineries - Points: 2
  • Performing arts centers7 - Points: < 1
  • Museums6 - Points: < 1

Weather - Total Points: 13

  • Days of temperature 32°F or less2 - Points: 8
  • Days of temperature 90°F or more2 - Points: 5

Low Crime - Total Points: 13

  • Property crime rate3 - Points: 7
  • Violent crimes3 - Points: 6

Healthcare - Total Points: 13

  • Hospitals (<50 miles)5 - Points: 5
  • Number of nearby 5-star hospitals5 - Points: 4
  • Share of nearby hospitals with Medicare rating of 5 stars5 - Points: 4

Walkability - Total Points: 7

  • Walkability score4 - Points: 7

Cost of Living - Total Points: 7
**

  • Median home value10 - Points: 4
  • Income tax for median earners11 - Points: 3

Air Quality - Total Points: 7

  • High ozone12 - Points: 3
  • Unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups12 - Points: 3

Connectivity - Total Points: 3

  • Number of airports in close proximity - Points: < 1
  • Train stations - Points: < 1
*
Points doubled for fun calculation
**
Points doubled for value calculation

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