Top 20 Best Cities To Retire To In America For 2018


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. 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.

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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.

So here’s the list of the best cities to retire to in 2018:

  1. Erie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Green Bay (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Clearwater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Tampa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Vancouver (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Miami (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. West Palm Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Overland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sterling Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hialeah (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Well, that didn’t go as we’d expected off the bat — Erie is the best place to retire in America way out in the middle of Pennsylvania. 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 191 cities from across the country.

For these 191, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  1. Low Crime
  2. High % Popualtion over 60
  3. Nice Weather
  4. Low Cost of Living

We ranked each city in America on each of the criteria with 1 being the best. We then averaged each of the rankings into an overall retire score.

Finally, we ranked every city on the retire score with the lowest retire score, Erie, being named the “Best City To Retire To in America”.

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

#1 Best City To Retire In America

Erie, PA

#2 Best City To Retire In America

Green Bay, WI

#3 Best City To Retire In America

Clearwater, FL

#4 Best City To Retire In America

Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL

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#5 Best City To Retire In America

Vancouver, WA

#6 Best City To Retire In America

Miami, FL

#7 Best City To Retire In America

West Palm Beach, FL

#9 Best City To Retire In America

Sterling Heights, MI

#10 Best City To Retire In America

Hialeah, FL

Hialeah, FL

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#12 Best City To Retire In America

Cary, NC

#13 Best City To Retire In America

San Mateo, CA

San Mateo, CA

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#14 Best City To Retire In America

Spokane, WA

#15 Best City To Retire In America

Tulsa, OK

#16 Best City To Retire In America

Palm Bay, FL

#17 Best City To Retire In America

Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA

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#19 Best City To Retire In America

Des Moines, IA

#20 Best City To Retire In America

Scottsdale, AZ

There You Have It — The Best Big Cities To Retire In America

After measuring the biggest cities in America on range of popular criteria for retiree’s, we were left with this list of cities.

My plan now? Go buy a home in a small city ranked like 20-30. I’m sure they are going to be getting much more popular in the years to come.

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

  1. Costa Mesa
  2. Victorville
  3. Moreno Valley

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities In The US To Retire For 2018

City Rank Population
1 Erie, PA 100,157
2 Green Bay, WI 104,951
3 Clearwater, FL 111,747
4 Tampa, FL 361,477
5 Vancouver, WA 169,982
6 Miami, FL 432,622
7 West Palm Beach, FL 104,978
8 Overland Park, KS 183,775
9 Sterling Heights, MI 131,674
10 Hialeah, FL 235,626
11 Fort Lauderdale, FL 175,153
12 Cary, NC 155,822
13 San Mateo, CA 102,224
14 Spokane, WA 212,078
15 Tulsa, OK 399,906
16 Palm Bay, FL 106,573
17 Torrance, CA 147,307
18 Grand Rapids, MI 193,887
19 Des Moines, IA 212,859
20 Scottsdale, AZ 234,495
21 Syracuse, NY 144,350
22 Cincinnati, OH 298,011
23 Las Cruces, NM 101,459
24 Hollywood, FL 148,114
25 Cedar Rapids, IA 129,537
26 Yonkers, NY 199,725
27 Naperville, IL 145,789
28 Cape Coral, FL 170,063
29 Broken Arrow, OK 104,869
30 Mesa, AZ 470,456
31 Olathe, KS 132,787
32 New Orleans, LA 382,922
33 Evansville, IN 120,156
34 Tucson, AZ 527,586
35 Fremont, CA 227,934
36 Newport News, VA 181,606
37 Pittsburgh, PA 305,305
38 Topeka, KS 127,472
39 New York, NY 8,461,961
40 Pasadena, CA 140,268
41 Huntsville, AL 188,973
42 Laredo, TX 251,671
43 Fort Wayne, IN 260,954
44 Jurupa Valley, CA 100,737
45 Boston, MA 658,279
46 Baltimore, MD 621,000
47 Virginia Beach, VA 449,733
48 Tacoma, WA 205,602
49 Mcallen, TX 138,475
50 Richardson, TX 108,350
51 Irving, TX 232,013
52 Santa Rosa, CA 173,165
53 Amarillo, TX 197,570
54 Santa Clara, CA 122,725
55 Rockford, IL 149,597
56 Chandler, AZ 242,131
57 Sunnyvale, CA 149,596
58 Pueblo, CO 108,385
59 Inglewood, CA 111,012
60 Tyler, TX 101,946
61 Sioux Falls, SD 167,884
62 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 173,309
63 Peoria, AZ 158,677
64 Indianapolis, IN 846,674
65 Fort Worth, TX 815,930
66 Chicago, IL 2,714,017
67 Seattle, WA 668,849
68 Philadelphia, PA 1,559,938
69 Stamford, CT 127,410
70 Las Vegas, NV 613,295
71 Sacramento, CA 484,530
72 San Diego, CA 1,374,812
73 Atlanta, GA 456,378
74 Fresno, CA 513,807
75 Orlando, FL 263,306
76 Clovis, CA 102,148
77 Gresham, OR 110,042
78 Roseville, CA 128,276
79 Los Angeles, CA 3,918,872
80 Chesapeake, VA 233,194
81 Ann Arbor, MI 118,087
82 Milwaukee, WI 598,672
83 San Jose, CA 1,009,363
84 Detroit, MI 683,443
85 Carlsbad, CA 112,008
86 Chattanooga, TN 175,462
87 Elizabeth, NJ 128,042
88 Simi Valley, CA 126,126
89 Shreveport, LA 198,571
90 High Point, NC 108,982
91 Thousand Oaks, CA 128,623
92 Joliet, IL 147,515
93 Mobile, AL 193,717
94 St. Petersburg, FL 253,585
95 Lakeland, FL 102,714
96 Frisco, TX 145,646
97 Provo, UT 115,718
98 Corpus Christi, TX 320,050
99 Port St. Lucie, FL 175,652
100 Pembroke Pines, FL 164,753

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