If you want to find some of the best retirement spots in America, our advice to you is this: Head outdoors.
Many of the cities that made our "10 best cities for retirement" list offer residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature. Even in spots that have extremely cold winters, retirees are still able to leave their homes and enjoy a breath of fresh air. In turn, many of the most active communities tend to have the happiest residents.
We ranked 196 of America's cities in terms of walkability, cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, tax rates and weather. The ranking also incorporated a specialized wellness score for seniors from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
The top 10 cities weren't clustered in any particular region; some of them were coastal cities, while others were smack-dab in the middle of the country. Most of them had an affordable cost of living -- which is essential to retirees who have to live on a fixed income -- and most offer their residents an ample amount of sunshine.
Here are the best cities to retire.