Sarasota, Florida, ranked top
According to a new study by U.S. News & World Report, more retirees are setting their sights on Florida than in any other state nationwide.
Occupies seven of the Sunshine State publishing’s top 10 spots Ranking of the best places to retire for 2021- 2022.
For the second year in a row, Sarasota took the top spot with declining health care, housing and happiness scores, according to US News’ “Best Placed Retirement Rankings”.
“After more than a year of living at home, many people are dreaming about a Florida Beach retirement,” said Emily Brandon, senior editor for retirement for US News.
The report showed that in Sarasota, in particular, there were increases in desirability, retirement tax and job market scores.
Just behind Naples and Daytona Beach at No. 2, which jumped 12 stops to reach No. 3. Daytona broke the top three on this year’s list partly due to its good air quality and low crime rate, both of which are used to count. Reportedly, the overall happiness score of a metro area.
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When comparing areas for retirement, Brandon said it’s important to look for “affordable housing, proximity to health care services, and a strong economy, especially if you plan to work part-time.”
Pennsylvania and Michigan also made the top 10 in this year’s rankings, with Lancaster in 5th and Ann Arbor at 9th.
However, according to US News, Pennsylvania accounts for seven of the top 25 best places to retire in metro areas, “largely due to access to high-quality health care facilities”.
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For its methodology, US News evaluated the 150 most populous metropolitan areas nationwide to see how they corresponded to Americans’ retirement expectations by measuring factors such as housing affordability, health care and overall happiness.
To determine what matters most to retirees, US News conducted a survey of individuals between the ages of 45 and 59 and those 60 or older across the United States.