There are so many “best places to retire” lists to consider, but I think that’s a good thing.
While each list is different because they use different data to come to their conclusions, it’s great to check them all out because they can bring different places to your attention.
To come up with their best places to retire list, U.S. News analyzed data for the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the USA to assess how well they meet Americans’ retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria include the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality.
Phoenix and Tucson were the only two places in Arizona that made the list. Here’s a brief snippet of what they said about each place:
“Phoenix is the best place to get a sampling of all the state has to offer. Its downtown area may be characterized by sleek, ultramodern office buildings, but the city center is not all about work. Phoenix also contains ample opportunities to play.”
“But perhaps the best part of Tucson is its scenery. The metro area is ringed by mountain ranges that emphasize the great desert skies and sunsets that continuously impress even the most seasoned residents.”