While Florida -- and other sunny, warm places may top the list of popular retirement spots -- some lesser known cities could actually provide the best standard of living.
That includes Pittsburgh, Boston and Minneapolis.
If you’re surprised to see them at the top of Bankrate’s ranking of best and worst cities for retirement, don’t be. Places that might offer seniors the best standard of living may look a lot different from our traditional sun-and-golf idea of retirement havens.
We scored the 50 largest U.S. metro areas for their: health care quality; tax burdens; crime rates; living costs; weather; public transportation; cultural amenities (things to do); percentage of the population over 65; and the overall well-being of seniors, as measured by the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index.
The ranking is based on the score totals. On the chart below, see how your dream destination fared. And make sure you’re saving enough to afford your perfect retirement.
Best places to retire in America
Sources: U.S. Census, The Tax Foundation, Creative Vitality Suite, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Council for Community and Economic Research, United Health Foundation, Gallup Sharecare Well-Being Index, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Healthview Services, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
For data only available on a state basis, we applied statistics proportionally in the metro area based on metro residents who live in each state.