When people think of where they want to retire, Florida frequently springs to mind. It’s warm, the cost of living is fairly low, and there are activities to help fill the hours between visits from the grandchildren.
There’s just one problem with retiring to Florida—too many options. The Sunshine State is filled with charming beachfront towns, bustling urban centers, and peaceful country retreats. There are so many beautiful cities in Florida that it can be hard to know which one is right for retirement. Luckily, WalletHub has stepped in to help. The financial website has assessed and ranked Florida’s cities and compiled a list of the best places to retire.
To make their determination, WalletHub looked at more than 28 key indicators of “retiree-friendliness”, including cost of living, health care facilities per capita, and the number of nearby attractions.
According to their assessment, you just might want to start looking at property in Sarasota. The Southern charmer was number one when it came to WalletHub’s “Quality of Life” ranking as well as number one in health care and it had plenty of activities to keep you busy. Other good retirement options include Boca Raton, which had the second highest Quality of Life ranking, as well as the magical kingdom of Orlando, the sunny climate of Tampa, and it turns out that the Golden Girls had the right idea—Miami was number three on the list.
Orlando, Tampa, Key West, Bradenton, Fort Meyers, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach all ranked in the top 10, while one of our favorite little Florida towns, Delray Beach, came in at number 11.
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WalletHub also looked at specific concerns or interests to help retirees choose the right locale. If you want to work when you’re over 65, consider relocating to Weston, Florida, which had the highest percentage of workers over age 65. If you’re concerned about access to health care, consider Boca Raton, which had the most health care facilities per capita, or Port Charlotte, which had more family and general physicians per capita. If you like fishing, head to Fort Lauderdale, while museum buffs should head to Miami.
The biggest takeaway from WalletHubs’s list is that it’s hard to go wrong if you’re retiring in Florida.