2016 Best Cities to Retire in America

Explore the best cities to retire in the U.S. based on number of retirees, weather, and access to healthcare and entertainment. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, CDC, and other data sources.

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    Scottsdale

    • City in Arizona
    • 30 reviews
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    Mesa

    • City in Arizona
    • 861 reviews
    Niche User:If I could live anywhere and not have to worry about finances, I would move my son and I to California. As of right now, we are in Mesa. We enjoy Mesa, as there is many activities to do (not to mention they are free), once I graduate school I will have many job opportunities to apply for, cost of living is not bad, and although it is not severely developing, the population generally stays the same year round. If I could change one thing, it would be moving here sooner. The traffic sucks at times and some people are very aggressive drivers, however, there are other routes to take to hopefully bypass those two dilemmas.

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    Clearwater

    • City in Florida
    • 159 reviews
    Niche User:I have lived in different areas in Hillsborough county and this is my first time living in Pinellas. Unlike Plant City for example where we live it Clearwater everything is much closer and that is a plus for convenience for us. I like the area it is not too busy or hectic and yet there is just enough development that it still is a nice area to raise a child. There is great child care facilities in the area and a wide variety of stores to shop at.

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    Henderson

    • City in Nevada
    • 42 reviews
    Niche User:The crime in this area was really low and consisted of the children pranking people; however, when new development started, break-ins, theft, and missing pool parts began. The visibility of police and patrol is present, though the private patrol is seen more often.

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    Paradise

    • City in Nevada
    • 367 reviews
    Niche User:Over the last 13 years of my life I've lived in Las Vegas. I suppose living here is different from where I previously lived (the east coast). But the last 13 years of my life have been an amazing experience. From the people I've met and the experiences I've had, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Most the people that live in the are area where I live are relatively nice. But the only thing I wish would happen is that the city would clean up its act on the east side of town. It has never been up to standards with the rest of the city. Other than that, if I had to everything over again I wouldn't change a thing.

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    Cape Coral

    • City in Florida
    • 354 reviews
    Parent:The sense of community in this area doesn't seem the strongest but almost everyone you meet has a smile on their face is friendly. The people come together often and help one another or large organizations that get involved with the community. People tend to live almost all of their lives within the community. Their children tend to move and come back to the area after a certain period of time. This community is very pet friendly even though some people in the area are very allergic to cats but don't mind if neighbors or friends have them. The community also hosts its own events both large and small, some specifically for a global cause or for the community itself.

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    Pompano Beach

    • City in Florida
    • 138 reviews
    Niche User:I am currently a resident of Pompano Beach Florida; the area that I live in is not the best but its okay. I like living in my area because its quite and pretty much safe. I would not rank my area high because its a under privilege neighborhood that most people sadly refer to this area as the hood. Honestly if it was my choose I would move to saw grass or something because I know I deserve better.

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    Metairie

    • City in Louisiana
    • 135 reviews
    Niche User:Living in the Suburban area of New Orleans, known as Metairie is a nice experience. Everything in Metairie is close . We have a lot of shopping area around and a number of markets and restaurants. A good amount of strip malls. The schools are excellent.

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    Tucson

    • City in Arizona
    • 409 reviews
    Niche User:I live in a semi small city. I enjoy living in my area of town. We are close to the mountains and some parks and a beautiful hiking area. Love the openness of the sky and the colors of the desert. Being able to see the stars at night no how blue the sky can be during the day. I live close to a lot of family and am able to see them often. I traveled to many places but always enjoy coming home.

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    Roseville

    • City in California
    • 34 reviews
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    St. Petersburg

    • City in Florida
    • 122 reviews
    Niche User:Saint Petersburg is artistically driven and has a bright future. With the recent reconstruction of the pier, Sundial, and opening of new restaurants, it's going to make lots of national lists for places to visit, I'm sure of it.

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    Port St. Lucie

    • City in Florida
    • 384 reviews
    Niche User:There is not much to do in the area. It is generally residential, but expanding. I would choose to live here over anywhere in the world. This is my home and I would not change it for the world.

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    Fort Lauderdale

    • City in Florida
    • 40 reviews
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    West Palm Beach

    • City in Florida
    • 106 reviews
    Niche User:Dear Review Committee,

    The over all experiences of living in the area showed me three important lesson. What does that person do when he/she are facing invisible wall that ensnare the individual from the true inheritances that he/she should live in.

    My first lesson, I learned was the obstacle of Limitation. Their are many forms of limitation for instant, financial limitation or financial restriction. I would consider 90 percent of the people in that community faced financial bondage. I assume, if it where not so, probably, people had move to different communities that is appropriate for their living stander.

    The second lesson, I learned was the obstacle of bondage mentality. For instant poverty mentality. I noticed that people that lived under that kind of way thinking adopted the temporary deception as reality. Furthermore, in some cases the individual might start believing that deception of permerme way of living.

    The last lesson, I learned is active hope. I emphasizes on the word " active" . How can we distinguish those two opponent? One is the desire of hopping for better. Hopping to be in a better position than the current situation. On the other hand side Active Hope is to be in a physical movement such as pursing steps that helps the individual to come out of the current situation that holds them down!

    In my observation I had encounter one particular case of a person that stopped moving. I wonder for some many time what where the reasons that that person stopped moving forwards towards their inheritances? I came to conclusion that not moving reflects the internal level of faith and believing that determines wheatear that individual reaches his/her inherences.

    I learned that My neighborhood and city needs strong Women and Man of Faith that are not perverted of false deception and thinking in order to reach their inheritances. I am one of them!

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    Tempe

    • City in Arizona
    • 520 reviews
    Niche User:Tempe is a very pet friendly community as they are many parks that give the owners bags to pick up after their animals. There are also gated dog parks that keep dogs inside a large fenced area and can be free of a leash. Mill Avenue is always have community events that the public can enjoy and participate in. Since ASU is in Tempe, the community is always coming together to support their sports teams.

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    The Woodlands

    • City in Texas
    • 215 reviews
    Niche User:This place is great to settle down and raise a family in. I think that most people who leave do so because of work. Some neighborhoods are very close and have regular block parties, and others are the opposite. It's just the luck of the draw with the sense of "community" in a specific neighborhood.

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    Las Vegas

    • City in Nevada
    • 928 reviews
    Niche User:To my knowledge, there is not much crime in my area. In my neighborhood specifically, I have only seen the cops twice in the nine years I have lived there. I believe the cops were there both times for domestic disputes, so they were not necessarily dangerous crime calls. I rarely see the police in the general area outside of my neighborhood, unless they have a vehicle pulled over for traffic reasons. When I have researched crime statistics in my area in the past, my area was also shown to have little crime activity.

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    Amarillo

    • City in Texas
    • 260 reviews
    Niche User:It's a nice place for families. Very affordable for college students and new families. Not very much attractions, but the attractions that are present are fun and amusing for children.

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    Thousand Oaks

    • City in California
    • 198 reviews
    Niche User:I live in an extremely safe neighborhood with great school districts and places for children to learn and grow. The general atmosphere is very suburban and plain. However, I am extremely lucky to have grown up here. I would definitely raise a family here because of the excellent schooling. In future years, I see more young families moving in and having the same experience that I did!

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    Charleston

    • City in South Carolina
    • 419 reviews
    Parent:This area is growing with more houses and apartments with new business attaching to the subdivision. The only thing that is becoming a problem is daily work traffic.

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    Palm Bay

    • City in Florida
    • 234 reviews
    Niche User:I would live here if I can do it all again. Palm Bay is a safe and quiet place to live and raise kids. The schools are excellent and close by and the people are extremely nice.

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    Plano

    • City in Texas
    • 467 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here my whole life, and can't recall any crimes occurring in my neighborhood, and have only read or heard about a few robberies in the surrounding areas.

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    Phoenix

    • City in Arizona
    • 175 reviews
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    Visalia

    • City in California
    • 253 reviews
    Niche User:I enjoy living in this area. My neighbors are all extremely friendly and all get along well. I have never had any problems with any type of crime in my area and definitely trust the area that I live in. I have never felt unsafe or threatened in my area. The scenery is also beautiful. We can see the mountains with beautiful snow caps and green hills. Our location is great too. We are so centralized that we are within driving distance to many great places. We are close to mountains and lakes, beaches, and many different amusement parks.

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    McAllen

    • City in Texas
    • 256 reviews
    Niche User:The place where I live isn't necessarily bad but it isn't the best. It's normal living for me I guess. Living in south McAllen isn't so bad just that there is many crimes that do happen around that area. Due to living what we call "downtown" here in McAllen it can be a little scarier than living up north of McAllen. It's two very different living styles.

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