The Best American Cities for Retirees


When choosing a place to retire to there are lots of factors to consider aside from fun in the sun. Ample health care and low crime rates are just as important to retirees on the move.

To identify the winners, Kiplinger teamed up with Kevin Stolarick, research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. All of the cities on our list have reasonable living costs, strong employment growth and a population that scores high on measures of education and tech-savviness. We sorted them further by using criteria tailored to each of our categories. For retirees, we also factored in the number of doctors, climate and the crime rate.

The cost-of-living index measures how expensive it is to live in a city; the national average score is 100. That means cities with a score below 100 have a lower-than-average cost of living. Nationwide, the median household income is $43,024, and median income growth from 2006 to 2011 was 11.1%.


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