Planning for retirement is a crucial step in life. However, like a few other steps such as college, settling down for work, or raising a family; your options of location are open. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best cities for retirement in America.
Of course, not all cities are created equally. If you’ve been hanging around this blog long enough, you’ll notice that’s a theme we talk about at length. It’s true when it comes to choosing a college, choosing a place to start work, and yes, when it comes to retirement.
With that in mind, WalletHub has compiled a list of the best (and worst) places to retire. Here is what they found.
The Best Cities for Retirement
- Orlando, Florida
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Tampa, Florida
- Denver, Colorado
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Miami, Florida
- Austin, Texas
- Cape Coral, Florida
- Tempe, Arizona
WalletHub examined over 180 US cities to compile their list of the best cities for retirement. Among the factors they considered were overall cost of living, tax-friendly environments for retirees, access to services, and more.
Of course, if there’s a list of the best… there’s also a list of the worst.
The Worst Cities for Retirement
- Newark, New Jersey
- Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Warwick, Rhode Island
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Stockton, California
- Providence, Rhode Island
- Bakersfield, California
- Jersey City, New Jersey
- Modesto, California
- Fresno, California
Many of the top cities on the list are located in Florida. Not a surprise considering Florida has long since been considered a haven for retirees. Due to this, Florida caters heavily to retirees and its tax structure is beneficial. There’s also no shortage of services to avail yourself of in the sunshine state.
It should likewise not be a shock to see California heavily represented in the list of worst cities; as are other high-tax coastal states such as Connecticut and New Jersey. While these states have plenty to see and do: their cost of living requirements are far greater.
Still trying to figure it out? Relax, we can help.
City vs City
City vs City is a powerful cost of living calculator which uses real, local data curated at the zip code level. Using this information, we calculate cost of living and allow users to compare costs between cities.
Simply input your data, select your zip codes, and let City vs City do the rest. Check out the video below for a demonstration.
If you’re looking to move to one of the best cities for retirement, download City vs City today and start comparing your costs.