Names the 10 Best Places to Retire, 2017

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Using data on health care, crime rate, activities, climate and more, has identified the 10 best cities in the U.S. for retirees.

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"This year’s retirement cities list perfectly reflects the diverse, dynamic lifestyles of today’s retirees."

These days, the word “retirement” doesn’t have the same connotations it used to (we’re looking at you, shuffleboard and early bird specials). In 2017, retirement means freedom.

Today’s seniors are in search of a lifestyle as diverse and dynamic as they are. While many folks will choose to remain where they’ve spent most of their lives and built their communities., others will look for new adventures in a different location — and deciding where that place will be is an extremely important choice. has the answer with the Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2017. Our experts examined surveys and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Medicare, Esri, NOAA, Walk Score, the EPA and other sources, and crunched the numbers to determine the best U.S. cities for retirees. Research shows that seniors care most about health care, climate, crime rates, cost of living, housing costs and access to recreational activities — we found 10 cities that deliver on all counts, each offering a totally different lifestyle to fit a wide range of tastes and interests.

“This year’s retirement cities list perfectly reflects the diverse, dynamic lifestyles of today’s retirees,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, managing editor of “Some of these cities might surprise you, which is a good thing, because retirement looks very different in 2017 than it has in the past.”

Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2017:

1. Walnut Creek, CA
2. Reno, NV
3. Boca Raton, FL
4. Plano, TX
5. Sioux Falls, SD
6. Vancouver, WA
7. Birmingham, AL
8. Littleton, CO
9. Bismarck, ND
10. Salt Lake City, UT

Livability explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live, work and travel. Through proprietary research studies, engaging articles and original photography and video, we examine topics related to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy. We then leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics including small towns, college towns and our annual Top 100 Best Places to Live.

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Winona Dimeo-Ediger, managing editor

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