THE 10 Best Cities To Retire In America For 2020


We’re here to try and make your retirement decision a bit easier if you want to take the big city approach to the good life after work.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our fourth time ranking the best cities to retire to in America.

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What’s better than Christmas or your birthday?

Your last day at work… ever.

And then it hits you, one of the happiest problems you’ll have, where do you want to spend your retirement? Every day at the beach and golf course or maybe a city close to family and friends.

We’re here to try and make your decision a bit easier if you want to take the big city approach to the good life after work. We crunched the numbers people generally like about retirement — things to do, cheap living, and the ability to travel — focusing on the biggest cities in America.

Well, that didn’t go as we’d expected off the bat — Weston is the best place to retire in America way out in the middle of Wisconsin. Not quite Florida, California, or Arizona, but it actually makes sense when you stop to think about it for a minute.

While Florida dominates the top ten and California and Arizona make appearances on the back half of the top twenty, smaller cities in the midwest take the cake.

For more on the top twenty, read on. Or if you’re not looking to retire any time soon, check out:

The 20 Best Cities To Retire In The USA

#1 Best City To Retire In America

Weston, FL

Weston, FL

Source: City Of Weston

9.5
/10

Overall SnackAbility

Review Of Weston by HomeSnacks User

Weston is very safe very quiet place to live. All of the neighborhoods’ associations are strict and keep the communities looking very nice. The schools are good but are overflowing. They used to be great but not anymore. There is a large Venezuelan community that started moving here in the last 10 years. It’s almost not necessary to speak English here. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from and businesses. A lot of small parks for kids to play in, activities for kids and also a large dog park at Markham Park. Highways are extremely accessible from both sides of the city and we’re 10 minutes away from Sawgrass Mills. City buses and 18 wheelers are not allowed through the city so it’s very quiet. Weston has a lot of restrictions but that’s what keeps the city very safe and clean. There is also a large regional park and the YMCA and community center are both inside the park. We have an athletic club and tons of karate schools, music schools, gyms, learning centers etc. Cleaveland Clinic is also here and plenty of spas and doctors offices. All in all it is a very family friendly city and they have done a great job in making sure you don’t need to leave Weston, we have everything here.

Schools are very overcrowded because there are so many people who want to live here. Cypress Bay High School is a very good school but it’s huge. There are two middle schools Falcon Cove and Tequesta Trace and five elementary schools. There are also private schools, Sagemont and Weston Christian Academy and plenty of pre-schools.

#2 Best City To Retire In America

Wellington, FL

#3 Best City To Retire In America

Flower Mound, TX

#4 Best City To Retire In America

Jupiter, FL

#5 Best City To Retire In America

Yorba Linda, CA

#6 Best City To Retire In America

Coral Gables, FL

Review Of Coral Gables by HomeSnacks User

Coral Gables is a world-class neighborhood. The school system is one of the best in the nation and crime is almost non-existent. Aside from high real estate prices, definitely the place to be.

Miracle mile is definitely the highlight of Coral Gables. A fun place to walk around, shop and dine to your heart’s content.

#7 Best City To Retire In America

Mount Pleasant, SC

#8 Best City To Retire In America

Cupertino, CA

#9 Best City To Retire In America

Coconut Creek, FL

8.5
/10

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#10 Best City To Retire In America

Tamarac, FL

8
/10

Overall SnackAbility

#11 Best City To Retire In America

Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA

Source: Public domain

9
/10

Overall SnackAbility

Review Of Torrance by Tim Custer

I live in Torrance and it is a very save community

#12 Best City To Retire In America

Pembroke Pines, FL

8.5
/10

Overall SnackAbility

#14 Best City To Retire In America

Diamond Bar, CA

#15 Best City To Retire In America

Margate, FL

#16 Best City To Retire In America

Encinitas, CA

#17 Best City To Retire In America

Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain

9.5
/10

Overall SnackAbility

#18 Best City To Retire In America

Mission Viejo, CA

Mission Viejo, CA

Source: Public domain

9.5
/10

Overall SnackAbility

#19 Best City To Retire In America

Port Orange, FL

#20 Best City To Retire In America

Hialeah, FL

Hialeah, FL

Source: Public domain

5
/10

Overall SnackAbility

Review Of Hialeah by Joelito Hernandez

I live in Hialeah and I don’t think it’s that bad !,!,!,

How We Determined The Best Cities To Retire In The US

To create our list of the best cities in America to retire, we first used Census data to find all the cities in America over 100,000.

This left us with 639 cities from across the country.

For these 639, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Things to do per capita (Museum, Libraries, and Colleges)
  • Crimes per capita
  • Distance to closest airport
  • Median age (higher is better)
  • Median rent (lower is better)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 639, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Weston, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best to retire — a place for you to start your second career.

There You Have It — The Best Cities To Retire Around America

After measuring the kinds of things that retirees crave, we arrived at this set of the best places to retire in the US. And while Florida and California don’t dominate the list, we take that as a sign we figured out the hidden gems you should be considering.

My plan now for retirement? Find a nice place in one of these low costs of living areas near a lake and set up shot — but maybe closer to the equator than not.

And for those playing at home, here’s a look at the “worst” cities in America to retire:

  1. La Crosse
  2. Kalamazoo
  3. Fargo

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities To Retire In The America For 2020

Rank City Population
1 Weston, FL 70,220
2 Wellington, FL 63,681
3 Flower Mound, TX 73,252
4 Jupiter, FL 63,617
5 Yorba Linda, CA 67,815
6 Coral Gables, FL 50,931
7 Mount Pleasant, SC 83,700
8 Cupertino, CA 60,614
9 Coconut Creek, FL 59,997
10 Tamarac, FL 64,748
11 Torrance, CA 146,392
12 Pembroke Pines, FL 168,260
13 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 54,528
14 Diamond Bar, CA 56,434
15 Margate, FL 57,427
16 Encinitas, CA 62,713
17 Redondo Beach, CA 67,700
18 Mission Viejo, CA 96,124
19 Port Orange, FL 61,601
20 Hialeah, FL 237,285
21 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,652
22 Chino Hills, CA 79,298
23 Santee, CA 57,615
24 Cape Coral, FL 178,593
25 Doral, FL 58,265
26 South San Francisco, CA 67,294
27 Boca Raton, FL 95,745
28 Hollywood, FL 151,056
29 Sunrise, FL 93,199
30 Coral Springs, FL 131,151
31 Miramar, FL 138,168
32 Lake Forest, CA 82,911
33 Sugar Land, TX 118,182
34 San Ramon, CA 75,384
35 Cary, NC 163,266
36 Carlsbad, CA 113,670
37 San Clemente, CA 65,045
38 Thousand Oaks, CA 128,481
39 San Mateo, CA 104,035
40 Glendale, CA 200,372
41 Bowie, MD 58,368
42 Port St. Lucie, FL 183,762
43 Palo Alto, CA 67,019
44 Alameda, CA 78,462
45 Grapevine, TX 52,486
46 Rowlett, TX 62,127
47 Newton, MA 88,660
48 Johns Creek, GA 83,637
49 Simi Valley, CA 126,199
50 Pleasanton, CA 80,847
51 Georgetown, TX 66,804
52 Davie, FL 103,132
53 Palm Bay, FL 110,271
54 Camarillo, CA 67,543
55 Eastvale, CA 61,337
56 Huntington Beach, CA 200,606
57 Arlington Heights, IL 75,724
58 Fremont, CA 233,083
59 Sunnyvale, CA 152,323
60 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,925
61 Chula Vista, CA 266,468
62 Novato, CA 55,523
63 San Diego, CA 1,401,932
64 Newport Beach, CA 86,280
65 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 175,679
66 Gardena, CA 59,924
67 La Mesa, CA 59,562
68 Clearwater, FL 114,015
69 Carson, CA 92,517
70 Sarasota, FL 56,102
71 Henderson, NV 291,346
72 Placentia, CA 52,049
73 Tampa, FL 376,345
74 Plano, TX 284,579
75 Allen, TX 99,255
76 Boynton Beach, FL 75,720
77 North Port, FL 64,425
78 Milpitas, CA 77,457
79 Largo, FL 83,243
80 Fort Lauderdale, FL 178,783
81 Bradenton, FL 55,059
82 Delray Beach, FL 67,353
83 Scottsdale, AZ 246,026
84 Frisco, TX 165,700
85 Carrollton, TX 133,438
86 Bayonne, NJ 65,300
87 Des Plaines, IL 58,694
88 Chino, CA 87,735
89 Fountain Valley, CA 56,372
90 North Richland Hills, TX 69,800
91 Bartlett, TN 58,828
92 Surprise, AZ 132,904
93 Euless, TX 55,047
94 Franklin, TN 75,366
95 Edina, MN 51,136
96 Folsom, CA 77,007
97 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,854
98 Peabody, MA 52,865
99 Arcadia, CA 58,207
100 Rochester Hills, MI 74,011

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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