You Won’t Believe the Top Places to Retire in the United States
If I gave you 100 guesses as to what the best place to retire is you wouldn’t even be close. You wouldn’t even get the right state. There is a better than good chance you’d completely miss the top five places according to U.S. News and World Report. The top spot has to be somewhere in Florida. If it’s not Florida, maybe the Carolinas or somewhere warm out west.
Incorrect. Florida doesn’t even crack the top five. It gets one city in the top 10, Daytona Beach at number eight. Florida does at least hold 6 spots in the top 25, but this is a major shock for what most thought was the go-to state for retiring. North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Wisconsin all get cities in the top 25.
Let’s be perfectly clear… This ranking is based of a specific metric breakdown and not where people are flocking to once they retire. This is direct from U.S. News and World Report’s article on how the rankings were done.
“To identify the best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data for the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. to assess how well they meet Americans’ retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria include the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and health care quality.”
Let’s not let the facts about where people are actually retiring to get in the way of what we’re talking about here! The best place for people to retire in the United States is right here in Pennsylvania. Actually, the top 5 places are ALL in PA!
5. Allentown, PA
4. Scranton, PA
3. Lancaster, PA
2. Reading, PA
1. Harrisburg, PA
I did say you won’t believe the top places to retire… New York City was #6, followed by another Pennsylvania city, York at #7. The first Florida city is on the list at #8. Rounding out the top 10 is Youngstown Ohio at #9 and yet another PA city at #10 Pittsburgh. Nice work by Billy Penn back in the 1600’s. For the full list and methodology on the scoring check out U.S. News and World Report.