With Low Home Care Costs, Florida Cities Top Best Places to Retire

Florida has once again been deemed one of the best places to retire, as several of its cities have topped 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Retire rankings by financial website WalletHub.

However, it was more than sunny days and warm weather that put Florida’s cities at the top of the list. WalletHub measured 40 key metrics in the 150 most populated U.S. cities across four dimensions—affordability, activities, quality of life and health care. The metrics also included the cost annual cost of in-home services.

Here are the top 10 places to retire, according to WalletHub:


1. Orlando, Florida

2. Tampa, Florida

3. Miami, Florida


4. Scottsdale, Arizona

5. Atlanta, Georgia

6. Salt Lake City, Utah

7. Honolulu, Hawaii

8. Denver, Colorado

9. Austin, Texas

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

While Florida had a good showing on the overall list, the top five cities with the lowest annual cost of in-home services were elsewhere. Laredo, Texas; Brownsville, Texas; and Montgomery, Alabama had the lowest cost of services. Three California cities—San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont—had the highest cost.

WalletHub measured cost as a significant factor in retirement, and also took a look at the number of home-care facilities per capita and the number of nurses per 1,000 residents, among other health care factors, to weigh U.S. cities.

Conversely, here are the top 10 worst places to retire on the list:

141. Rancho Cucamonga, California

142. Fontana, California

143. Modesto, California

144. Stockton, California

145. Fresno, California

146. Detroit, Michigan

147. Worcester, Massachusetts

148. San Bernardino, California

149. Providence, Rhode Island

150. Newark, New Jersey

Written by Amy Baxter

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