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America’s Best Retirement Cities

Sarasota, Florida: Downtown Sarasota Historic District: Sarasota Woman’s Club. Photo courtesy of Ebyabe.

The US News and World Report released their 2018 ranking for America’s best cities to retire. The list’s order is based on data on happiness, housing prices, healthcare benefits, tax rates, jobs, and the demand for the area.

Surveys were done with two cohorts: pre-retirement folks aged 40-59, and retirement age people 60 and over. Numbers came from The US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor

Statistics, and the hospital rankings that US News compiled on their own.

The states with the most desirable locales were mostly in Texas, Florida and Pensylvania.

1. Sarasota, Florida: Happiness: 10; Housing affordability: 6.4; Healthcare: 5.7
2. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Happiness: 8.4; Housing affordability: 6.5; Healthcare: 8.5
3. San Antonia, Texas: Happiness: 8.5; Housing affordability: 7.1; Healthcare: 5.5
4. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Happiness: 8; Housing affordability: 7.4; Healthcare: 7.1
5. El Paso, Texas: Happiness: 8.7; Housing affordability: 8; Healthcare: 4.9
6. McAllen, Texas: Happiness: 8.8; Housing affordability: 8.1; Healthcare: 5.2
7. Dayton Beach, Florida: Happiness: 7.4; Housing affordability: 7.2; Healthcare: 5.9
8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Happiness: 6.9; Housing affordability: 7.5; Healthcare: 7.8
9. Austin, Texas: Happiness: 7.6; Housing affordability: 6; Healthcare: 5.5
10. Washington, DC: Happiness: 7.7; Housing affordability: 3.4; Healthcare: 9.3

The Best Places to Live in America

Denver Skyline. Photo by Hogs555
Denver Skyline. Photo by Hogs555

Every year US News and World Report evaluates US cities to find the 50 best places to live. Many parameters are universally desired, such as how affordable is the housing, are there well-paying jobs in the vicinity, are other expenses low, how are the schools, and what is the quality of the healthcare? Other issues are more subjective, such as the weather, the politics, and how far away are family members.

The newspaper then got the data on 100 US cities and divided it all into five main indexes: job market, value, quality of life, desirability, net migration. “Value” is a combination of annual household income versus the cost of living. “Quality of life” looks at crime, college readiness, commuting, and other factors.

Here are the top ten of the top fifty places to live in the USA:

  1. Denver, Colorado
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  4. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Seattle, Washington
  8. Washington, DC
  9. San Francisco, California
  10. San Jose, California