Charleston, South Carolina Ranked #22 Best City to Retire in for 2019

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A new U.S. News analysis compared the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States as potential retirement spots. The study included data about housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market and access to quality health care. The data was weighted based on a U.S. News online survey of people age 45 and older about their retirement preferences.

Over half of the list contains cities from just three states: Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. There are seven cities in Florida that made the 25 Best Places to Retire, largely due to affordable homes, low taxes and high ratings for happiness and desirability. The list also contains four places in Texas and three Pennsylvania communities that provide a high quality of life at an affordable price. Here’s a look at the Best Places to Retire in 2019

Here is the Top 25

  1. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  2. Fort Myers, Florida
  3. Sarasota, Florida
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  6. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  7. Nashville, Tennessee
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas
  10. Lakeland, Florida
  11. El Paso, Texas
  12. Washington, D.C.
  13. Daytona Beach, Florida
  14. San Diego, California
  15. Raleigh, Durham, North Carolina
  16. New York, New York
  17. Phoenix, Arizona
  18. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  19. Portland, Maine
  20. Portland, Oregon
  21. Miami, Florida
  22. Charleston, South Carolina
  23. Melbourne, Florida
  24. Jacksonville, Florida
  25. Boston, Massachusetts

Charleston Details

Visitors flock to South Carolina’s oldest city to walk the cobblestone streets, take in the classical architecture and enjoy the unique southern hospitality. History buffs will enjoy a visit to Fort Sumter and the area’s many historic landmarks and museums. This seaside city on the Charleston Harbor provides plenty of opportunities for boating, water sports and enjoying the fresh local seafood. Health care is available at the Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and MUSC Health-University Medical Center. While some parts of Charleston are expensive, the median home price among people age 60 and older is $253,900.