When deciding where to spend your golden years, what elements are most essential to you? Consider the weather, cost of living, taxes, quality of medical care, accessibility of public transit, and variety of places to relax and have fun.
These are all essential features of a great retirement community, but it may be challenging to locate one that meets all your needs. We can help with that.
Our ranking of the best cost-effective retirement communities in the United States took into account a wide range of factors. The cost was the primary consideration, which included the median house value, median income, and median home prices. Factors such as state taxes, transit scores, walk scores, volunteer activities, climate, and more were all taken into account while choosing 55+ communities.
1. Boynton Beach Area – Florida
It came as a bit of a surprise when Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was voted the most inexpensive city to retire by 55 places. This year, however, the trend has flipped; the location that took first place is now (and has always been) a top retirement destination.
Boynton Beach, sometimes known as the “land of five minutes,” is a community in Southeast Florida that has more than 50 age-restricted neighborhoods and shows no signs of slowing down in terms of its rapid growth. The area has long been a favorite retirement spot, so the infrastructure and other attractions are well-suited to the needs of the elderly.
2. Sarasota Area – Florida
When it comes to the Gulf Coast, Sarasota is in second place. Sarasota and Bradenton, nestled on the coast between Tampa and Fort Myers, provide a wide variety of marine and land-based attractions.
What makes the Sarasota region stand out from other top retirement destinations in Florida? Obviously, the cost is a major factor. In addition to a high Walk Score and a sizeable but manageable population, a high concentration of people aged 55 and over is also desirable.
3. Salt Lake City Area – Utah
Some people may be surprised that we’re starting our West Coast adventure in Utah. Utah’s pleasant environment and low cost of living have made it a popular retirement destination in recent years. Several areas around Salt Lake City performed well, notably Sandy and West Jordan. Their median income, property price, and overall cost of living all rated above average. They also have a high percentage of volunteers, making them a top contender.
4. Dallas-Fort Worth Area – Texas
The Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, the largest urban region in Texas, is the Lone Star State’s first representative on the list. 55+ communities in Dallas range in size from 20 houses to over 7,000 and may be found in both urban and suburban areas.
Even though there is no state income tax in Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth area nonetheless has a very high cost of living, housing value, and tax burden.
5. Tampa-St. Petersburg Area – Florida
Now that this ranking is complete, Tampa and St. Petersburg have risen to the number two and number four spots, respectively. There are not just two major cities in the area, but also many smaller ones, miles of coastline, three major league sports teams, and a wealth of outdoor activities.
Tampa is the most populous metro region on the list and ranks well due to its inexpensive cost of living, a vast number of chances to give back to the community, and welcoming locals. Not only is the weather pleasant all year round, but so is the accessibility to the region through foot and public transportation.
6. Corpus Christi Area – Texas
In October, 55places released a list of the 25 most cheap destinations for snowbirds, and South Texas was clearly the most affordable region in the country. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Corpus Christi ranks sixth among the year’s most cost-effective retirement destinations.
Despite having a greater cost of living than the areas that came before it on this list, Texans benefit from the state’s low taxes and affordable housing. Also, the city is situated on the Gulf of Mexico and has a pleasant year-round climate of around 70 degrees.
7. Baltimore Area – Maryland
Baltimore and its suburbs are the first major surprise on the list, coming in at number seven. As a node along the Northeast Corridor, Baltimore boasts a prime location. It received good marks for things like taxes, property prices, transportation, walk ratings, and chances to give back to the community.
8. Pittsburgh Area – Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh was an early success story among the resurgent Rust Belt cities. Retirees who want to be close to their grandkids are flocking to the area, which is known for its breweries, bistros, and bridges.
Low property prices, cheaper taxes, and high ratings for transportation, walking, and volunteering all characterize the city and its suburbs.
9. Delray Beach Area – Florida
For number nine, we return to the typical retirement mecca in Southeast Florida. Delray Beach, to the south, is just as beachy and just as convenient, with 38 different communities to choose from.
Delray Beach has a cheap cost of living and inhabitants benefit from Florida’s low state taxes in addition to its pleasant climate and abundant water-based activities.
10. Ocala Area – Florida
Ocala is the first inland Florida municipality we’ll be seeing, and it’s home to On Top of the World, the two-time recipient of the 55places’ Municipality of the Year award. As a result of its low cost of living and convenient proximity to numerous major coastal cities, it has recently gained popularity as a retirement destination.
Ocala is a fantastic place to live for many reasons, including its mild year-round environment, plenty of 55+ communities, affordable house prices, and low taxes.
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