October 3, 2014 — Among the hundreds of “Best Places to Retire” lists we come across every year, once in a while we see one that has some merit to the way the list was developed. When we saw WalletHub’s recent list of the Best and Worst Places to Retire, we were impressed.
The website analyzed the 150 largest cities in the U.S. against 25 different criteria. Those included health care, affordability, weather, ability to find a job, activities, quality of life… among others. Most of the top cities were in the Southeast, Texas, and Midwest. Most you will be familiar with, but a few you might not, such as 2 of the Texas cities: Grand Prairie (a large suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth), and Plano (city just north of Dallas). Overland Park, Kansas is a suburban city south
of Kansas City.
Bringing up the bottom of the list were places like Philadelphia, Newark (NJ) and Providence (RI).
Here were their top 10 (Note that Kansas was the only state to break into the hegemony created by Florida, Texas, and Arizona):
Tampa, Florida. Large city midway down FL’s west coast.
Grand Prairie, Texas. Suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Orlando, Florida. You probably know where this is. Somewhat a surprising choice.
Saint Petersburg, Florida. Under-rated city just west of Tampa
Scottsdale, Arizona. Affluent suburb of Phoenix in a beautiful desert
Overland Park, Kansas. Just south of Kansas City
Port Lucie, Florida. A planned city on Florida’s east coast, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. The New York Mets have spring training here.
Cape Coral, Florida. Live on a canal in one of the most affordable places to live in a generally affordable, and low tax state
Plano, Texas. Suburban city north of Dallas
Peoria, Arizona. One of many cities radiating out north of Phoenix.
When looking at this list please remember that Wallethub only looked at large cities, not small or medium size towns. Here is where you can see rankings of all 150 cities.
The Wallethub feature has some interesting rankings by category, such as “Most Fishing Facilities per Capita” (Fort Lauderdale), “Best Weather Conditions” (Glendale, CA), and “Lowest Annual Costs of In-Home Services” (Brownsville, TX). The link also posts the worsts in these categories.
For further reading:
Topretirements 2014 List of 100 Most Popular Places to Retire
Worst States for Retirement for 2014
Topretirements Blog Category – Best States and Cities
Comments? Does this seem like a good list to you? Any city you really like (or dislike) for retirement? Let us know in the Comments section below.