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Best, Worst Cities to Retire? Go West, Old Man, Not Northeast

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 06:57 AM

The best and worst cities for retirement were ranked by Bankrate.com this week, and the Western U.S. fared quite well.

The top 10 best places to retire included 3 metro areas in Arizona and 2 in Colorado, while the worst places were concentrated in the Northeast and New England. Using the Bankrate data, USA Today created a map of the findings that was shared widely on Twitter. 



Bankrate's top 10 lists are the cream of the crop, skimmed off the top of a whopping 172 cities it examined.

Weather, cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, taxes, walkability, and "senior well-being" were all taken into account when the study was compiled. The senior metric is notable, as it's culled from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which takes into account multiple living factors for people 65 and older.

"I think it’s always great to see cities in fly-over states do so well," said Chris Kahn, Bankrate, research and statistics editor, referring to Franklin and Des Moines. "A lot of people think of the Sun Belt or the beach when they think of retirement. But there are a lot of great spots further north."

Anticipating that many expect to see Florida make a much higher showing among the best places to retire, Kahn commented that, "In general, Florida cities dropped in our ranking due to high costs of living, a below-average health care system and in some cases high crime rates."

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