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WalletHub's 2019 Ranking on Best & Worst U.S. Cities to Retire

Orlando (Florida) ranked highest as the best city to retire in under WalletHub's 2019 ranking on the best retirement cities. Tampa (Florida) and Scottsdale (Arizona) ranked second and third respectively.


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Factors of the Ranking

The rankings are computed based on 4 major categories - affordability, activities, quality of life and healthcare - and 46 weighted metrics across these 4 categories.
Affordability Activities
Adjusted Cost of Living
Taxpayer-Friendliness
Retired Taxpayer-Friendliness
Tax-Friendliness on Estate or Inheritance Tax
Annual Cost of In-Home Services
Annual Cost of Adult Day Health Care
Recreation & Senior Centers per Capita
Fishing Facilities per Capita
Public Golf Courses per Capita
Museums per Capita*
Theaters per Capita*
Art Galleries per Capita*
Book Clubs per Capita*
Music Venues per Capita*
Bingo Halls per Capita*: Full Weight (~2.38 Points)
Availability of Adult Volunteer Activities
Recreation-Friendliness
Quality of Life Healthcare
Share of Population Aged 65 Years & Older
Elderly-Friendly Labor Market
Age-Friendly Community
Share of Population Aged 65 Years & Older Living in Poverty
Share of Population Aged 65 Years & Older Living Alone
Walk Score
Mild Weather
Caring Community
Strength of Elder-Abuse Protections
Violent-Crime Rate
Property Crime Rate
Air Quality
Water Quality
Family & General Physicians per 10,000 Residents
Gerontologists per 10,000 Residents Aged 65 & Older
Dentists per 10,000 Residents
Nurses per 1,000 Residents
Physical Therapists per 10,000 Residents
Mental Health Counselors per 10,000 Residents
Suicide Rate for Elders
Health Care Facilities per Capita
Quality of Public Hospital System
Top-Rated Geriatrics Hospitals
Emotional Health
Share of Population Aged 65 Years & Older with a Disability
Home-Care Facilities per Capita
Life Expectancy
Death Rate of Population Aged 65 Years & Older

Best Retirement Cities in U.S.

Top 15 Retirement Cities in the United States (Interactive Tables/Charts). Data source:WalletHub

Orlando (Florida) ranked highest as the best city to retire in under WalletHub's 2019 ranking on the best retirement cities. Tampa (Florida) and Scottsdale (Arizona) ranked second and third respectively. Within the top 15 cities for retirement, 6 cities hail from the Sunshine State of Florida.

Interactive Map Tool by WalletHub


Map view of U.S. Cities and their ranks
Source: WalletHub


For more information on WalletHub's ranking, please visit the webpage: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-retire/6165/

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