Survey Names the 10 Best Cities in Which to Retire — and the 10 Worst; Here’s the List

Jun 8, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Several of the best cities in which to retire are in the same state, according to a new ranking by Bankrate.com.

The survey examined 196 U.S. cities and ranked them on the basis of criteria such as crime rate, quality of health care, cost of living, tax rates, walkability and weather, along with a specialized wellness score for seniors from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Topping the list of the best cities was the Phoenix metro area, and Mesa, Ariz., in particular, with three of the four top spots held by cities in Arizona. Not surprisingly, the survey cites weather as one of the key factors.

New York City came in at No. 1 among the worst cities in which to retire, with the city’s high cost of living playing a major role in the ranking.

Here are the rankings:

10 Best Cities for Retirement

  1. Mesa, Ariz. (Phoenix metro area)
  2. Arlington, Va.
  3. Prescott, Ariz.
  4. Tucson, Ariz.
  5. Des Moines, Iowa
  6. Denver
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Cape Coral, Fla.
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Franklin, Tenn.

10 Worst Cities for Retirement

  1. New York City
  2. Little Rock, Ark.
  3. New Haven, Conn.
  4. Buffalo, N.Y.
  5. Newark, N.J.
  6. Albany, N.Y.
  7. Hartford, Conn.
  8. Oakland, Calif.
  9. Indianapolis
  10. ClevelandMesa postcard

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