The Best American Cities for Retirees

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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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cvanac8550

I'm trying to get out of the NYC metro area ..you get bled to death for everything..15$ tool bridges......

December 26 2013 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blief1

There is only one good city for retirement - IT IS WHERE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN ARE!!!!!! More than one grandchild - plan on traveling a lot.

December 26 2013 at 1:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
olvden

NY, Pittsburg and New Orleans??? They're shilting us, right?

December 25 2013 at 9:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fitzdman

No matter where we retire to,we're going to need money. My thought is, just choose the place you want to be,and go there. Spend your money wisely,just like in any other city or place you would live in. You may have to eat cheap bread,but at least you'll be where you want to be. :) My point is,all you really need is an income. It's up to you how you use it.

June 15 2013 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dunwoodymikey

NYC is great if you have the $$$ to live on the upper east side.

November 21 2012 at 5:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Pat

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To actually state that retireees would consider living in New York City as an option is utterly ridiculous.

November 20 2012 at 1:06 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
BUNKERJR

This article is a joke!!!! You could not pay my to live in New York or Pittsburg. When I retire I want to live somewhere quiet and slow pace. Try driving in either of those cities especially New York. They drive like there crazy. I drove there one time and that will be my last!!!!!!! Also did they take in account the Crime Rate????????

November 20 2012 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
scot168

I kept waiting for the punch line while I was reading this article.

November 20 2012 at 11:50 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
niceguy71653

Huffpost ran this lame story yesterday. New York City. Corvallis Oregon Pittsburgh? You've got to be kidding me. What idiot came up with this list?

November 20 2012 at 10:47 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
palmejn

What idiot came up with this list - or did we miss April Fools Day? Have lost any trace of confidencer in KIPLINGERS - THEY ARE NOW RELEGATED MTO THE TRAHS BIN.

November 20 2012 at 12:35 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply