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100 Best Places to Retire in the USA

To identify the best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data for the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the USA to assess how well they meet Americans' retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria include the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality.

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Lancaster, PA

badge #1 in Best Places to Retire

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers a balance between natural and commercial spaces that residents appreciate. Expansive farms rub elbo... more

  • 7.5 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Housing Affordability
  • 9.3 Healthcare

Fort Myers, FL

badge #2 in Best Places to Retire

For many years the Southwest Gulf Coast's population had little growth and remained somewhat isolated from the rest of the Sunshine... more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Housing Affordability
  • 5.7 Healthcare

Sarasota, FL

badge #3 in Best Places to Retire

Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to place for ret... more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Housing Affordability
  • 6.2 Healthcare

Austin, TX

badge #4 in Best Places to Retire

People are drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was established along the Colorado ... more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.0 Housing Affordability
  • 5.6 Healthcare

Pittsburgh, PA

badge #5 in Best Places to Retire

Known by nicknames like Blitzburgh and Steel City, Pittsburgh is on the verge of greater heights. Emerging from a dying steel indus... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Housing Affordability
  • 8.0 Healthcare

Grand Rapids, MI

badge #6 in Best Places to Retire

Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art, and its craft brewery scene is one of the best in the nation. A scenic spot perched on... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Housing Affordability
  • 7.1 Healthcare

Nashville, TN

badge #7 in Best Places to Retire

Nashville is famous for the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, aka the Mother Church of Country Music, and twangy honky-tonks, b... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Housing Affordability
  • 6.2 Healthcare

San Antonio, TX

badge #8 in Best Places to Retire

San Antonio is as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. It offers big-city amenities and world-renowned attractions coupled with a r... more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Housing Affordability
  • 5.4 Healthcare

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

badge #9 in Best Places to Retire

Offering both big-city excitement and quiet, suburban living, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area offers an interesting mix of Texas p... more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Housing Affordability
  • 6.4 Healthcare

Lakeland, FL

badge #10 in Best Places to Retire

Aptly named for its 38 stunning lakes, Lakeland is infused with Old Florida history and natural beauty. Remnants of Lakeland's past... more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Housing Affordability
  • 6.3 Healthcare
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