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Florida Cities Dominate 2021 Best Places to Retire Rankings

Florida Cities Dominate 2021 Best Places to Retire Rankings
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A baker’s dozen of Florida cities rank among the Top 25 for retirees, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2020-21 list.

U.S. News analyzed data for the nation’s 150 largest metropolitan areas to assess how well they meet Americans’ retirement needs and expectations.

No. 25: Pensacola
Overall Score: 6.9
Housing Affordability: 7.0
Health Care: 5.4
No. 24: San Antonio
Overall Score: 6.9
Housing Affordability: 6.7
Health Care: 5.5
No. 23: Charlotte, North Carolina
Overall Score: 6.9
Housing Affordability: 6.8
Health Care: 6.4
No. 22: Houston
Overall Score: 6.9
Housing Affordability: 6.1
Health Care: 6.4
No. 21: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 7.2
Health Care: 7.0
No. 20: Tampa
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 6.6
Health Care: 6.6
No. 19: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 7.5
Health Care: 6.1
No. 18: Lakeland
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 7.2
Health Care: 6.6
No. 17: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 6.1
Health Care: 6.6
No. 16: Orlando
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 6.4
Health Care: 6.4
No. 15: Daytona Beach
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 7.0
Health Care: 6.4
No. 14: Manchester, New Hampshire
Overall Score: 7.0
Housing Affordability: 5.0
Health Care: 7.5


No. 13: Jacksonville
Overall Score: 7.1
Housing Affordability: 6.6
Health Care: 6.1
No. 12: Nashville, Tennessee
Overall Score: 7.1
Housing Affordability: 6.6
Health Care: 6.1

U.S. News surveyed those nearing retirement age (45-59) and those who are of retirement age (60 or older) for guidance on what matters most to them.

Rankings are based on overall retirement scores calculated for each metro area. The overall score is a weighted average of six indexes: Happiness (22.7%); Housing Affordability (20.2%); Health Care Quality (18.1%); Retiree Taxes (14.6%); Desirability (13.5%); and Job Market (10.9%). The weighting for each index follows the answers from an August 2020 public survey in which people voted for what they believed was the most important factor to consider when choosing where to live.

Index sources include U.S. Census Bureau data, the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, the Tax Foundation and Wolters Kluwer.

No. 11: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Overall Score: 7.1
Housing Affordability: 7.1
Health Care: 5.7
No. 10: Melbourne
Overall Score: 7.1
Housing Affordability: 6.8
Health Care: 6.1
No. 9: Miami
Overall Score: 7.1
Housing Affordability: 5.5
Health Care: 6.4
No. 8: Asheville, North Carolina
Overall Score: 7.1
Housing Affordability: 7.2
Health Care: 6.3
No. 7: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Overall Score: 7.2
Housing Affordability: 5.9
Health Care: 8.3
No. 6: Ocala
Overall Score: 7.3
Housing Affordability: 7.7
Health Care: 6.4
No. 5: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Overall Score: 7.4
Housing Affordability: 6.5
Health Care: 9.2
No. 4: Naples
Overall Score: 7.4
Housing Affordability: 5.4
Health Care: 6.0
No. 3: Port St. Lucie
Overall Score: 7.4
Housing Affordability: 6.3
Health Care: 6.2
No. 2: Fort Myers
Overall Score: 7.4
Housing Affordability: 6.5
Health Care: 5.9
No. 1: Sarasota
Overall Score: 7.6
Housing Affordability: 6.2
Health Care: 6.4


Credit: bizjournals

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