Livability.com Names the Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2015

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Annual list identifies and ranks America’s top cities for retirement

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These cities offer access to affordable and quality health care, a practical cost of living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as several amenities to help keep residents active.

As we lead longer, healthier lives, the age 65-and-older population is projected to double to 85 million by 2050. Getting to retirement is the culmination of many decisions and, ideally, a long-standing series of life and financial plans. One of the key questions, of course, is where should you live when you retire? With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2015. These cities offer access to affordable and quality health care, a practical cost of living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as several amenities to help keep residents active.

Our editors started by examining our own survey research to determine which criteria are most important to this generation: exemplary and affordable health-care services, presence of other seniors, ways to become or stay involved in the community, low crime rates, moderate climates and access to golf courses and other outdoor amenities.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Medicare, Esri, NOAA, Walk Score, the EPA and other sources, we crunched the numbers to derive our shortlist. Then our editors selected the Top 10 Best Places to Retire. Using the data as a guide, we chose cities and towns with a range of populations, climates and locales.

“As the aging population grows and diversifies, so will their ideas of ideal retirement,” says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “We wanted our list of Best Places to Retire to reflect the breadth of options today’s active seniors are considering.”

Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2015
1. Santa Barbara, CA
2. Sarasota, FL
3. Plano, TX
4. Tacoma, WA
5. Carson City, NV
6. Hillsboro, OR
7. Lincoln, NE
8. Charlottesville, VA
9. Rapid City, SD
10. Scottsdale, AZ

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About Livability.com:
Livability.com explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of livable cities, our rich photography and conversations with readers in social media. Livability.com is a division of Journal Communications, Inc.

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