Top 20 Best Cities To Retire To In America For 2019

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 2019. This is our second 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:

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 629 cities from across the country.

For these 629, 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 629, 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.

Detailed Look At The Top 20 Cities To Retire In The USA

#1 Best City To Retire In America

Weston, FL

Weston, FL

Source: City Of Weston


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#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

Yorba Linda, CA

#5 Best City To Retire In America

Jupiter, FL

#6 Best City To Retire In America

Coral Gables, FL

#7 Best City To Retire In America

Cupertino, CA

#8 Best City To Retire In America

Diamond Bar, CA

#10 Best City To Retire In America

Margate, FL

#11 Best City To Retire In America

Hialeah, FL

Hialeah, FL

Source: Public domain


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#12 Best City To Retire In America

Coconut Creek, FL

#13 Best City To Retire In America

Tamarac, FL

#14 Best City To Retire In America

Encinitas, CA

#15 Best City To Retire In America

Pembroke Pines, FL

#16 Best City To Retire In America

Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

Source: Public domain


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#17 Best City To Retire In America

Mount Pleasant, SC

#18 Best City To Retire In America

Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA

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#19 Best City To Retire In America

Mission Viejo, CA

Mission Viejo, CA

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#20 Best City To Retire In America

Port Orange, FL

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. St. Cloud
  3. Kalamazoo

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities To Retire In The America For 2019

Rank City Population
1 Weston, FL 69,802
2 Wellington, FL 62,796
3 Flower Mound, TX 71,575
4 Yorba Linda, CA 67,740
5 Jupiter, FL 62,373
6 Coral Gables, FL 50,909
7 Cupertino, CA 60,687
8 Diamond Bar, CA 56,600
9 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 53,119
10 Margate, FL 57,045
11 Hialeah, FL 237,523
12 Coconut Creek, FL 59,154
13 Tamarac, FL 64,262
14 Encinitas, CA 62,595
15 Pembroke Pines, FL 166,530
16 Redondo Beach, CA 67,950
17 Mount Pleasant, SC 80,661
18 Torrance, CA 147,190
19 Mission Viejo, CA 96,535
20 Port Orange, FL 60,315
21 Chino Hills, CA 78,025
22 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,429
23 Cape Coral, FL 173,679
24 Santee, CA 57,376
25 Miramar, FL 136,415
26 Hollywood, FL 149,750
27 Boca Raton, FL 93,964
28 San Mateo, CA 103,500
29 San Clemente, CA 65,226
30 Lake Forest, CA 81,812
31 Carlsbad, CA 113,147
32 Sugar Land, TX 86,886
33 Grapevine, TX 51,733
34 South San Francisco, CA 67,120
35 Doral, FL 56,276
36 Cary, NC 159,715
37 Bowie, MD 58,290
38 Thousand Oaks, CA 128,909
39 San Ramon, CA 75,048
40 Davie, FL 101,543
41 Port St. Lucie, FL 178,778
42 Sunnyvale, CA 151,565
43 Newton, MA 88,479
44 Coral Springs, FL 130,110
45 Sunrise, FL 92,272
46 La Mesa, CA 59,479
47 Henderson, NV 284,817
48 North Port, FL 62,542
49 Johns Creek, GA 83,397
50 Simi Valley, CA 126,546
51 Pleasanton, CA 79,341
52 Palm Bay, FL 107,802
53 San Diego, CA 1,390,966
54 Newport Beach, CA 86,793
55 Alameda, CA 78,246
56 Palo Alto, CA 67,082
57 Bradenton, FL 53,654
58 Placentia, CA 52,294
59 Arlington Heights, IL 75,911
60 Huntington Beach, CA 200,415
61 Pflugerville, TX 58,013
62 Des Plaines, IL 58,805
63 Chula Vista, CA 264,101
64 Camarillo, CA 67,116
65 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,691
66 Rowlett, TX 60,357
67 Bayonne, NJ 66,719
68 Fremont, CA 230,964
69 Boynton Beach, FL 74,483
70 Plano, TX 281,566
71 Scottsdale, AZ 239,283
72 Tampa, FL 368,087
73 Gardena, CA 60,096
74 Chino, CA 85,609
75 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 174,573
76 Carrollton, TX 131,240
77 Hoover, AL 84,150
78 Sarasota, FL 55,103
79 Novato, CA 55,378
80 Carson, CA 92,927
81 Milpitas, CA 75,498
82 Bartlett, TN 58,640
83 Upland, CA 76,155
84 Delray Beach, FL 66,453
85 North Richland Hills, TX 69,039
86 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,468
87 Fort Lauderdale, FL 177,175
88 Eastvale, CA 59,733
89 Frisco, TX 155,363
90 Fountain Valley, CA 56,640
91 Clearwater, FL 112,794
92 Largo, FL 82,433
93 Allen, TX 96,865
94 Euless, TX 54,135
95 Folsom, CA 75,897
96 Surprise, AZ 129,534
97 Rochester Hills, MI 73,458
98 Monterey Park, CA 61,056
99 Alhambra, CA 85,168
100 Peabody, MA 52,610

Best Places To Retire Across America

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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