Phoenix Best City For Retirees, NYC Second Worst

If you’re retired, or planning to retire soon, then you should check out Arizona. The Phoenix metro area came out on top in a ranking of the best cities for retirement in the United States, mainly due to its high well-being score and weather. The five worst places for retirement are Little Rock, New York City, New Haven, Ark., Conn., N.Y., Buffalo, and Newark, N.J.

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“Deciding where to retire is a very personal choice,” said research and statistics analyst Chris Kahn. “We ranked the cities on factors that matter most to seniors, but recognize that every city has its pros and cons that will be shaped by each individual’s personal experiences.”

Bankrate’s “Best and worst cities to retire” list ranks U.S. cities according to their cost of living, crime rate (violent and property crimes), walkability, health care quality, state and local tax burden, personal well-being for seniors and weather (temperature and precipitation).

In the Northeast, Cambridge, MA, Portland, ME and Boston, MA took the top three spots, but none made the top 10 in teh country, ranking respectively 14th, 44th and 46th.

Check out the full list here.

But don’t focus on the US only when thinking about retirement. There’s many options out there that can give you much more, depending on taste and will for adventure. Ecuador, Philippines, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malta, Portugal and Spain are great places to consider.

1 thought on “Phoenix Best City For Retirees, NYC Second Worst”

  1. Well lets see, sure AZ has low taxes and sunny weather, but its also hot as hell, no pubic transit to speak of, no real walkable neighborhoods, while CT has bad weather but it also has some transit, traditional downtowns, the metro North rail way to go to a city like NYC. In CT there are public options, in AZ you need to create your own senior environment.

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