The 10 Best Cities To Retire In The United States For 2022

We’re here to try and make your retirement decision a bit easier if you want to take the big city approach to the good life after work.

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What’s better than Christmas or your birthday?

Your last day at work… ever.

And then it hits you, one of the happiest problems you’ll have, where do you want to spend your retirement? Every day at the beach and golf course or maybe a city close to family and friends.

We’re here to try and make your decision a bit easier if you want to take the big city approach to the good life after work. We crunched the numbers people generally like about retirement — things to do, cheap living, and the ability to travel — focusing on the biggest cities in America.

Well, that didn’t go as we’d expected off the bat — Wellington is the best place to retire in America. Not a surprise to see Florida, California, and Arizona at the top.

While Florida dominates the top ten and California and Arizona make appearances on the back half of the top twenty, some smaller cities also make the cut.

For more on the top twenty, read on. Or if you’re not looking to retire any time soon, check out:

The 20 Best Cities To Retire In The USA

#1 Best City To Retire In America

Wellington, FL

#2 Best City To Retire In America

Weston, FL

Weston, FL

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#3 Best City To Retire In America

Flower Mound, TX

#5 Best City To Retire In America

Jupiter, FL

#6 Best City To Retire In America

Sunrise, FL

#8 Best City To Retire In America

Coconut Creek, FL

#9 Best City To Retire In America

Pembroke Pines, FL

#10 Best City To Retire In America

Tamarac, FL

#11 Best City To Retire In America

Hialeah, FL

Hialeah, FL

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#12 Best City To Retire In America

Port Orange, FL

#13 Best City To Retire In America

Margate, FL

#14 Best City To Retire In America

Diamond Bar, CA

#15 Best City To Retire In America

Cupertino, CA

#16 Best City To Retire In America

Chino Hills, CA

#17 Best City To Retire In America

Mount Pleasant, SC

#19 Best City To Retire In America

Doral, FL

#20 Best City To Retire In America

Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral, FL

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Cities To Retire In The US

To create our list of the best cities in America to retire, we first used Census data to find all the cities in America over 100,000.

This left us with 598 cities from across the country.

For these 598, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Things to do per capita (Museum, Libraries, and Colleges)
  • Crimes per capita
  • Distance to closest airport
  • Median age (higher is better)
  • Median rent (lower is better)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 598, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Wellington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best to retire — a place for you to start your second career.

Summary: The Best Cities To Retire Around The United States

After measuring the kinds of things that retirees crave, we arrived at this set of the best places to retire in the US. And while Florida and California don’t dominate the list, we take that as a sign we figured out the hidden gems you should be considering.

My plan now for retirement? Find a nice place in one of these low costs of living areas near a lake and set up shot — but maybe closer to the equator than not.

And for those playing at home, here’s a look at the “worst” cities in America to retire:

  1. La Crosse
  2. Fargo
  3. Kalamazoo

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities To Retire In The America For 2022

Rank City Population
1 Wellington, FL 64,990
2 Weston, FL 70,965
3 Flower Mound, TX 78,854
4 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 56,979
5 Jupiter, FL 65,139
6 Sunrise, FL 94,657
7 Yorba Linda, CA 68,103
8 Coconut Creek, FL 60,935
9 Pembroke Pines, FL 171,979
10 Tamarac, FL 66,432
11 Hialeah, FL 233,876
12 Port Orange, FL 63,815
13 Margate, FL 58,465
14 Diamond Bar, CA 55,870
15 Cupertino, CA 59,799
16 Chino Hills, CA 82,800
17 Mount Pleasant, SC 89,410
18 Encinitas, CA 62,967
19 Doral, FL 62,367
20 Cape Coral, FL 189,633
21 Santee, CA 57,407
22 Mission Viejo, CA 95,638
23 Miramar, FL 140,479
24 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,048
25 Boca Raton, FL 98,776
26 Torrance, CA 144,430
27 Redondo Beach, CA 66,663
28 Hollywood, FL 153,834
29 Grapevine, TX 54,151
30 San Ramon, CA 81,344
31 South San Francisco, CA 66,878
32 Coral Springs, FL 133,370
33 Sugar Land, TX 118,563
34 Clearwater, FL 115,975
35 Thousand Oaks, CA 127,648
36 Carlsbad, CA 114,411
37 Port St. Lucie, FL 195,773
38 Bowie, MD 58,158
39 Largo, FL 84,666
40 Lake Forest, CA 84,666
41 Cary, NC 169,177
42 San Clemente, CA 64,929
43 Johns Creek, GA 84,551
44 Boynton Beach, FL 78,060
45 Simi Valley, CA 125,768
46 Newton, MA 88,322
47 North Port, FL 68,779
48 Palm Bay, FL 113,751
49 Pleasanton, CA 79,975
50 Chula Vista, CA 268,779
51 Deerfield Beach, FL 80,822
52 Henderson, NV 309,955
53 Glendale, CA 199,357
54 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,060
55 Arlington Heights, IL 75,071
56 San Diego, CA 1,414,545
57 Bradenton, FL 57,346
58 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,385
59 Sarasota, FL 57,787
60 Newport Beach, CA 86,694
61 Eastvale, CA 65,766
62 Scottsdale, AZ 254,995
63 San Mateo, CA 103,619
64 Huntington Beach, CA 199,778
65 Davie, FL 105,594
66 Des Plaines, IL 58,316
67 Frisco, TX 188,387
68 Tampa, FL 395,912
69 Camarillo, CA 68,583
70 Arcadia, CA 57,053
71 Peabody, MA 53,004
72 Miami, FL 461,080
73 La Mesa, CA 60,208
74 Fort Lauderdale, FL 181,818
75 Delray Beach, FL 68,916
76 Monterey Park, CA 60,597
77 Fort Myers, FL 83,505
78 Carson, CA 91,354
79 Fountain Valley, CA 56,118
80 Alameda, CA 79,827
81 Gardena, CA 59,401
82 Pinellas Park, FL 53,486
83 Bayonne, NJ 65,112
84 Plano, TX 288,870
85 Collierville, TN 50,596
86 Rowlett, TX 65,426
87 Surprise, AZ 139,007
88 Alhambra, CA 84,509
89 Chino, CA 89,170
90 Palo Alto, CA 67,973
91 Allen, TX 104,040
92 Skokie, IL 63,300
93 Pflugerville, TX 63,610
94 Fremont, CA 234,829
95 West Palm Beach, FL 111,006
96 Glendora, CA 51,087
97 Pompano Beach, FL 111,202
98 Upland, CA 77,348
99 Franklin, TN 80,675
100 Schaumburg, IL 73,392

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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