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Best Places to Retire in the U.S. 2020

To identify the best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data for the 125 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. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Retire methodology.

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Fort Myers, FL

badge #1 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

  • 7.6 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Housing Affordability
  • 5.9 Healthcare

Sarasota, FL

badge #2 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
  • 6.4 Healthcare

Lancaster, PA

badge #3 in Best Places to Retire

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

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Housing Affordability
  • 9.2 Healthcare

Asheville, NC

badge #4 in Best Places to Retire

Hailed as "The Land of the Sky," Asheville, North Carolina, is often considered by outsiders to be a delightfully strange place. At... more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Housing Affordability
  • 6.3 Healthcare

Port St. Lucie, FL

badge #5 in Best Places to Retire

Port St. Lucie is nestled along Florida's Treasure Coast, along the state's southeast side, about halfway between Miami and Orlando... more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Housing Affordability
  • 6.1 Healthcare

Jacksonville, FL

badge #6 in Best Places to Retire

Jacksonville is the largest metro area by land mass in the continental U.S., and it offers a range of culturally and aesthetically ... more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Housing Affordability
  • 6.0 Healthcare

Winston-Salem, NC

badge #7 in Best Places to Retire

Winston-Salem, which locals refer to as Winston, is a region on an upward trajectory that still maintains its Southern roots. Altho... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.7 Housing Affordability
  • 6.3 Healthcare

Nashville, TN

badge #8 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
  • 6.8 Housing Affordability
  • 6.1 Healthcare

Grand Rapids, MI

badge #9 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

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Housing Affordability
  • 7.0 Healthcare

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

badge #10 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
  • 6.2 Housing Affordability
  • 6.3 Healthcare
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