Best Places to Live

2018 Best Places to Retire

There's no such thing as "one size fits all" when it comes to retirement. Find your perfect fit here.

Today’s retirees want (and deserve) so much more than shuffleboard and early bird specials. This dynamic phase of life is the perfect time to discover trendy bars and restaurants, museums and art, outdoor hiking and biking trails, golf courses and meaningful ways to get involved with the community.

The truth of the matter? Retirement looks different for everyone, which is why Livability's list of the 10 Best Places to Retire represents a wide variety of lifestyles, cultures, climates and geographic locations.

We examined more than 2,000 cities across the country and factored in more than 20 data points to determine this year’s list of the best places to retire. Sure, we looked at the number of golf courses and assisted living facilities in each city, but we also considered other important metrics, like crime rates, natural disaster risks, the quality of local hospitals, housing affordability, climate, air quality and the number of people over the age of 65 (which we think is a good barometer for how easy it will be to make new friends).

If you or someone you love is preparing to make a move to start this exciting new chapter, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 10 cities to live in during retirement — read on for some inspiration. Some of them might surprise you!

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Ranking Criteria

Community Engagement
Quality of Healthcare
Number of Residents Over 65
Natural Disaster Risk
Property Tax Rate
Activities and Recreation