The 50 best places to retire in America for 2019, ranked

Hero Images/Getty ImagesThere’s a lot to consider when it comes to deciding where to retire.
  • When deciding where to retire, there are several factors to bear in mind.
  • US News & World Report recently released its annual best places to retire in America list for 2019.
  • We highlighted the 50 best places to retire in the US – Florida cities popped up several times.

Visions of retirement often come with sandy beaches and palm trees, but that doesn’t mean that’s what the best places to retire always look like.

US News & World Report recently released its annual best places to retire in America list for 2019. To determine the list, it looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the US. Each area was given a retirement score scored on a 10-point scale and based on a weighted average of housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, job market, and healthcare quality.

This included data from a public survey of pre-retirees (age 45 to 59) and retirement-age (age 60 and up) folks across the country as well as data from the US Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labour Statistics, and other US News ranking lists.

You can read the full methodology here.

Below, see the top 50 places to retire in America, featuring several cities in Florida. We included the overall score, housing affordability index, and healthcare index.


50. Des Moines, Iowa

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 7.1

Healthcare: 5.6


49. Los Angeles, California

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 4.6

Healthcare: 7.5


48. Knoxville, Tennessee

Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 7.7

Healthcare: 6.3


47. Richmond, Virginia

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 6.5

Healthcare: 7.2


46. Indianapolis, Indiana

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 7.5

Healthcare: 7.4


45. Winston Salem, North Carolina

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 7.9

Healthcare: 6.5


44. Santa Rosa, California

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 4.3

Healthcare: 5.9


43. Greensboro, North Carolina

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 7.8

Healthcare: 6.8


42. Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 7.8

Healthcare: 5.3


41. Atlanta, Georgia

Overall score: 6.6

Housing affordability: 6.6

Healthcare: 6.3


40. Augusta, Georgia

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Overall score: 6.7

Housing affordability: 7.7

Healthcare: 6


39. Chicago, Illinois

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Overall score: 6.7

Housing affordability: 5.7

Healthcare: 8.4


38. Madison, Wisconsin

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Overall score: 6.7

Housing affordability: 6.3

Healthcare: 6.7


37. Denver, Colorado

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Overall score: 6.7

Housing affordability: 5.9

Healthcare: 5.5


36. Orlando, Florida

Overall score: 6.7

Housing affordability: 6.6

Healthcare: 6.2


35. Tampa, Florida

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Overall score: 6.7

Housing affordability: 6.8

Healthcare: 6.3


34. Charlotte, North Carolina

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Overall score: 6.7

Housing affordability: 7.2

Healthcare: 6.5


33. Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 6.5

Healthcare: 5.2


32. Honolulu, Hawaii

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Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 3.3

Healthcare: 4.9


31. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 5.5

Healthcare: 9.9


30. Seattle, Washington

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Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 5

Healthcare: 5.7


29. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 6.9

Healthcare: 8.8


28. McAllen, Texas

Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 8.1

Healthcare: 4.9


27. Greenville, South Carolina

Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 7.8

Healthcare: 6.2


26. Houston, Texas

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Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 6.4

Healthcare: 6.2


25. Boston, Massachusetts

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Overall score: 6.8

Housing affordability: 4.2

Healthcare: 7.4


24. Jacksonville, Florida

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Overall score: 6.9

Housing affordability: 6.8

Healthcare: 5.9


23. Melbourne, Florida

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Overall score: 6.9

Housing affordability: 7.2

Healthcare: 5.9


22. Charleston, South Carolina

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Overall score: 6.9

Housing affordability: 6.6

Healthcare: 5.9


21. Miami, Florida

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20. Portland, Oregon

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Overall score: 6.9

Housing affordability: 6

Healthcare: 5.5


19. Portland, Maine

Overall score: 6.9

Housing affordability: 6.2

Healthcare: 5.8


18. Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Overall score: 6.9

Housing affordability: 6.1

Healthcare: 9.6


17. Phoenix, Arizona

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Overall score: 6.9

Housing affordability: 6.8

Healthcare: 5.6


16. New York City, New York

Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 3.5

Healthcare: 10


15. Raleigh, North Carolina

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Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 6.9

Healthcare: 6.6


14. San Diego, California

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Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 4.1

Healthcare: 6.4


13. Daytona Beach, Florida

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Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 7.4

Healthcare: 6.2


12. Washington, DC

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Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 3.8

Healthcare: 8.6


11. El Paso, Texas

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Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 7.9

Healthcare: 4.7


10. Lakeland, Florida

Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 7.5

Healthcare: 6.3


9. Dallas, Texas

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Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 6.4

Healthcare: 6.4


8. San Antonio, Texas

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Overall score: 7

Housing affordability: 7

Healthcare: 5.4


7. Nashville, Tennessee

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Overall score: 7.1

Housing affordability: 7.1

Healthcare: 6.2


6. Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Overall score: 7.1

Housing affordability: 7.5

Healthcare: 7.1


5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Overall score: 7.1

Housing affordability: 7.5

Healthcare: 8


4. Austin, Texas

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Overall score: 7.2

Housing affordability: 6

Healthcare: 5.6


3. Sarasota, Florida

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Overall score: 7.4

Housing affordability: 6.6

Healthcare: 6.2


2. Fort Myers, Florida

Overall score: 7.4

Housing affordability: 6.8

Healthcare: 5.7


1. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Overall score: 7.5

Housing affordability: 6.7

Healthcare: 9.3

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