The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Retirees

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By Megan Durisin

Sunny. Walkable. And a low cost of living.

Nerdwallet recently came out with its rankings of the top 10 best cities to retire.

Ranking cities by factors like medical care, climate and cost of living*, they sought to find the kind of places where retirees can kick back and relax but still engage in a bustling city culture when they want it.

8. Louisville, Ky.
  • Cost of living index: 87.7

    Percentage of people over age 65: 10.4 percent

    Cost of a doctor's visit: $98

    San Antonio had one of the lower costs of living in the Top Ten. The city is home to almost 20,000 acres of parks and 65 golf courses.
     

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  • 7. San Antonio, Texas
  • Cost of living index: 90.5

    Percentage of people over age 65: 11.8 percent

    Cost of a doctor's visit: $85

    Oklahoma City might not have crossed your radar when searching for a retiree spot. But nearly 12 percent of residents are over 65 and the city's Bricktown Entertainment District is known for its sports, shopping and dining.
     

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  • 6. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Cost of living index: 85.6

    Percentage of people over age 65: 10.3 percent

    Cost of a doctor's visit: $75

    Memphis has the lowest cost of living recorded on the Nerdwallet list. And it's warmer than you would think, with an average temperature of 62 degrees.
     

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  • 5. Memphis, Tenn.
  • Cost of living index: 92.2

    Percentage of people over age 65: 11 percent

    Cost of a doctor's visit: $85

    Tampa also is known for its warm weather, with an average temperature of 73 degrees. And the city's only about an hour and a half's drive to Orlando if visitors want to check out Disney World.
     

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  • 4. Tampa, Fla.
  • Cost of living index: 95.7

    Percentage of people over age 65: 10.9 percent

    Cost of a doctor's visit: $67

    Jacksonville has the lowest cost for a doctor's visit on Nerdwallet's top ten list at $67. The city also has 20 miles of beaches along the coast.
     

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  • 3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Cost of living index: 94.6

    Percentage of people over age 65: 11.2 percent

    Cost of a doctor's visit: $74

    El Paso has the lowest annual price for hiring an in-home service to take care of your shopping, cooking or cleaning needs, at slightly more than $30,000. The city is also known for its scenic Hueco Tanks state historic site and authentic just-north-of-the-border food.
     

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    2. El Paso, Texas
  • Cost of living index: 108.1

    Percentage of people over age 65: 16 percent

    Cost of a doctor's visit: $107

    The city has the highest percentage of people 65-plus on the list, so you're bound to be in good company. It also received stellar marks for walkability and has the warmest average temperature on the list at a balmy 76 degrees.


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    1. Miami, Fla.
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  • *Cost of living used was based on the ACCRA cost of living index. The nationwide ACCRA average is 100. The numbers noted on each slide are percentages of that average.

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    tomtomcherry

    You have the pictures for Jacksonville and Tampa switched. As you can see above the description for Tampa, there is a picture of the Jacksonville Landing.

    In my opinion, Jacksonville should be number one. Not only does it have the lowest cost for a doctor's visit, but it has exceptional hospitals for that low cost. Also, it has great weather, low cost of living and it is relatively unknown.

    April 08 2013 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
    lsulinebacker64

    Never mind the listed cities.... I just say it... Jacksonville is my #1 place to choose... Or a little below to Ponte Vedra Beach where you find one PGA Golf Course...

    April 05 2013 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
    nhirsch

    Nice cities to visit!

    April 05 2013 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply