The 10 Best Cities To Retire In America For 2021


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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities to retire to in America.

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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 — Weston 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

Weston, FL

Weston, FL

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#2 Best City To Retire In America

Wellington, FL

#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

Mount Pleasant, SC

#9 Best City To Retire In America

Coconut Creek, FL

#10 Best City To Retire In America

Margate, FL

#11 Best City To Retire In America

Port Orange, FL

#12 Best City To Retire In America

Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

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#13 Best City To Retire In America

Cupertino, CA

#14 Best City To Retire In America

Diamond Bar, CA

#15 Best City To Retire In America

Chino Hills, CA

#16 Best City To Retire In America

Coral Gables, FL

#17 Best City To Retire In America

Mission Viejo, CA

Mission Viejo, CA

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#18 Best City To Retire In America

Pembroke Pines, FL

#19 Best City To Retire In America

Torrance, CA

Torrance, CA

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#20 Best City To Retire In America

Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral, FL

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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 603 cities from across the country.

For these 603, 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 603, with the lowest number being the best.

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

There You Have It — The Best Cities To Retire Around America

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. Kalamazoo
  3. St. Cloud

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities To Retire In The America For 2021

Rank City Population
1 Weston, FL 70,614
2 Wellington, FL 64,396
3 Flower Mound, TX 76,555
4 Yorba Linda, CA 67,725
5 Jupiter, FL 64,565
6 Mount Pleasant, SC 86,982
7 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 56,219
8 Encinitas, CA 62,780
9 Coconut Creek, FL 60,490
10 Margate, FL 58,023
11 Port Orange, FL 62,726
12 Redondo Beach, CA 67,423
13 Cupertino, CA 60,257
14 Diamond Bar, CA 56,211
15 Chino Hills, CA 80,701
16 Coral Gables, FL 50,226
17 Mission Viejo, CA 95,516
18 Pembroke Pines, FL 170,072
19 Torrance, CA 145,492
20 Cape Coral, FL 183,942
21 Tamarac, FL 65,874
22 Hialeah, FL 234,539
23 Sunrise, FL 94,060
24 Laguna Niguel, CA 65,808
25 Santee, CA 57,797
26 Boca Raton, FL 97,468
27 Miramar, FL 139,468
28 South San Francisco, CA 67,408
29 Doral, FL 59,972
30 Lake Forest, CA 83,974
31 Hollywood, FL 152,511
32 Cary, NC 166,268
33 Thousand Oaks, CA 127,873
34 Port St. Lucie, FL 189,396
35 Coral Springs, FL 132,568
36 San Clemente, CA 64,878
37 San Ramon, CA 75,648
38 Carlsbad, CA 114,253
39 Newton, MA 88,593
40 Simi Valley, CA 125,842
41 San Mateo, CA 104,333
42 Aliso Viejo, CA 50,663
43 Glendale, CA 200,232
44 Bowie, MD 58,481
45 Fremont, CA 235,740
46 North Port, FL 66,410
47 Fountain Valley, CA 56,026
48 Newport Beach, CA 85,694
49 Camarillo, CA 68,122
50 Arlington Heights, IL 75,482
51 Palm Bay, FL 111,997
52 Clearwater, FL 115,159
53 Gardena, CA 59,709
54 Chula Vista, CA 268,920
55 Largo, FL 84,130
56 Eastvale, CA 62,046
57 Henderson, NV 300,116
58 Sarasota, FL 56,919
59 La Mesa, CA 59,556
60 Allen, TX 101,699
61 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 176,379
62 Boynton Beach, FL 76,832
63 Huntington Beach, CA 200,259
64 Scottsdale, AZ 250,602
65 Pleasanton, CA 81,717
66 Delray Beach, FL 68,217
67 Davie, FL 104,399
68 San Diego, CA 1,409,573
69 Bradenton, FL 56,551
70 Frisco, TX 177,020
71 Plano, TX 287,064
72 North Richland Hills, TX 70,202
73 Apex, NC 51,370
74 Alameda, CA 78,522
75 Carson, CA 92,079
76 Des Plaines, IL 58,673
77 Pflugerville, TX 61,737
78 Collierville, TN 50,086
79 Tampa, FL 387,916
80 Revere, MA 53,692
81 Franklin, TN 77,939
82 Upland, CA 76,596
83 Fort Lauderdale, FL 180,124
84 Deerfield Beach, FL 80,312
85 Novato, CA 55,642
86 Chino, CA 89,631
87 Bayonne, NJ 65,091
88 Placentia, CA 51,818
89 Peabody, MA 52,906
90 Surprise, AZ 135,450
91 Palo Alto, CA 66,573
92 Cerritos, CA 50,143
93 Cedar Park, TX 74,814
94 Hendersonville, TN 57,083
95 Pinellas Park, FL 52,857
96 Monterey Park, CA 60,439
97 West Palm Beach, FL 109,767
98 Sunnyvale, CA 152,770
99 Rochester Hills, MI 74,206
100 San Marcos, CA 95,355

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

One thought on “The 10 Best Cities To Retire In America For 2021

  1. So is it Weston, WI or Weston, FL? You started out saying Weston was way out in the middle of WI but then you ranked it as #1 and put Weston, FL at top of the rankings and then again Weston, FL as #1 in the table.

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