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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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Sarasota, FL

badge #1 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

  • 7.6 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Housing Affordability
  • 5.7 Healthcare

Lancaster, PA

badge #2 in Best Places to Retire

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

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Housing Affordability
  • 8.5 Healthcare

San Antonio, TX

badge #3 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

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Housing Affordability
  • 5.5 Healthcare

Grand Rapids, MI

badge #4 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
  • 7.4 Housing Affordability
  • 7.1 Healthcare

El Paso, TX

badge #5 in Best Places to Retire

It's easy to write El Paso, Texas, off as another southern cow town. Sure, you'll find an overwhelming number of steakhouses here, ... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 8.0 Housing Affordability
  • 4.9 Healthcare

McAllen, TX

badge #6 in Best Places to Retire

Despite its reputation as a mere border town, McAllen, Texas, is a very vibrant metro area and a major center for retail, internati... more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 8.1 Housing Affordability
  • 5.2 Healthcare

Daytona Beach Shores, FL

badge #7 in Best Places to Retire

The Daytona Beach population swells and wanes like the ocean tide. Every winter, the region's beaches overflow with tourists lookin... more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Housing Affordability
  • 5.9 Healthcare

Pittsburgh, PA

badge #8 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

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.5 Housing Affordability
  • 7.8 Healthcare

Austin, TX

badge #9 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

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.0 Housing Affordability
  • 5.5 Healthcare

Washington, DC

badge #10 in Best Places to Retire

To the rest of the country, Washington, D.C., is the nation's capital – and that's it. It's where lawmakers sit high and mighty, an... more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 3.4 Housing Affordability
  • 9.3 Healthcare
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