Janina Lim – Fourth Estate Contributor
DC, Washington, United States WA – A city in Florida tops a survey that scouts the best place in the United States where retirees next year can settle.
In the US News & World Report’s survey on the 2018 Best Places to Retire in the United States, Sarasota, Florida, is first on the list due to high scores in the overall happiness of its residents.
This was followed by Lancaster, Pennsylvania due to its low retiree taxes and high quality healthcare.
Affordable housing puts San Antonio, Texas third on the list, followed by Grand Rapids, Michigan, and El Paso, Texas, rounding out the top five.
Sixth to ninth rankings were filled in by McAllen, Texas; Daytona Beach, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C.
Over all, Texas showed a stronghold with four cities charting the survey’s top ten.
“Our goal with these rankings is to provide consumers with a useful resource to aid in planning for retirement,” said Emily Brandon, senior editor for Retirement at U.S. News.
“The Best Places to Retire supplies future retirees with a comprehensive list of cities that take into account the characteristics that matter the most when figuring out where to settle down, such as high quality health care and low housing costs,” she added.
The rankings were determined based on a methodology that factored in measures that meet American’s expectations which includes a metropolitan area’s housing affordability, desirability, retiree taxes, the happiness index, job market and healthcare quality.
These measures were selected and weighted based on a public survey of pre-retirees that aged from 45 to 59 and retirement-age of sixty-plus-year-old individuals across the U.S to find out what matters most when considering a place to retire.
Data sources included the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as U.S. News rankings of the Best Hospitals.
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that promotes people to make well-informed on education, health, personal finance, travel, cars and news and opinion, among others.
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