As older employees prepare for retirement, considerations about where to spend their golden years is paramount. To help with that decision, they might want to consider new research from financial website WalletHub about the best and worst places to retire. The firm’s analysts compared the retiree-friendliness of the 150 largest U.S. cities across 40 key metrics — including life expectancy, recreational opportunities and the availability of physicians and home healthcare facilities — in an effort to help American workers plan an affordable retirement while maintaining the best quality of life. The following cities ranked best on the list for overall scores, and also had high-ranking scores in affordability, quality of life and healthcare.
10. Las Vegas, Nev.
Overall score: 55.22 (out of 100) Affordability ranking (metrics include cost of living and annual cost of adult day healthcare): 32 Quality of life ranking (metrics include weather and age-friendly community): 52 Healthcare ranking (metrics include life expectancy and quality of hospitals): 109
9. Austin, Texas
Overall score: 55.33 Affordability ranking: 57 Quality of life ranking: 54 Healthcare ranking: 48
8. Denver, Colo.
Overall score: 55.56 Affordability ranking: 103 Quality of life ranking: 34 Healthcare ranking: 21
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
Overall score: 55.84 Affordability ranking: 134 Quality of life ranking: 1 Healthcare ranking: 9
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
Overall score: 55.95 Affordability ranking: 75 Quality of life ranking: 92 Healthcare ranking: 12
5. Atlanta, Ga.
Overall score: 56.08 Affordability ranking: 58 Quality of life ranking: 113 Healthcare ranking: 52
4. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Overall score: 57.86 Affordability ranking: 62 Quality of life ranking: 5 Healthcare ranking: 10
3. Miami, Fla.
Overall score: 57.97 Affordability ranking: 36 Quality of life ranking: 117 Healthcare ranking: 29
2. Tampa, Fla.
Overall score: 59.50 Affordability ranking: 7 Quality of life ranking: 80 Healthcare ranking: 59
1. Orlando, Fla.
Overall score: 59.93 Affordability ranking: 8 Quality of life ranking: 112 Healthcare ranking: 13
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