These are the highest 10 retirement spots within the U.S.


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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way many Americans view their retirement, whether it’s pushing it back or starting earlier than planned.

One thing hasn’t changed, though – Florida is still the top travel destination thanks to its sunshine, beaches, and taxpayer-friendly policies, according to a new US News & World Report report. The Sunshine State is home to 8 of the top 10 places in the country for retirees.

US News examined the affordability of housing, health care, taxes, the job market, and overall satisfaction in the 150 most populous US metropolitan areas to create its ranking of the top pensions for retirement in 2021 and 2022. It used data from sources such as the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, and the Tax Foundation.

Sarasota, Florida took the top spot, beating first runner-up in Naples, also in the Sunshine State, largely because of more affordable housing there, explained Emily Brandon, senior retiring editor for US News.

“Residents of Sarasota and Naples both report high levels of wellbeing, and both cities have received high marks for desirability,” she said.

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While Pennsylvania only ranks one place in the top 10, there are several cities that have climbed the rankings this year. The accessibility of high quality healthcare facilities was often the reason, said Brandon.

The pandemic also had an impact. According to US News, the pandemic has changed their preference for retirement for 23% of those who are in or about to retire.

“The cost of a potential retirement place is a major concern for many retirees, but they’re also looking for a high quality of life,” noted Brandon.

Here are the top 10 spots for retirees, according to the US News & World Report.

Sarasota, Florida

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1. Sarasota, Florida
Metro population: 803,709
Median home price: $ 387,630
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,209
Unemployment rate: 6.8%

2. Naples, Florida
Metro population: 371,453
Median home price: $ 345,000
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,317
Unemployment rate: 7%

3. Daytona Beach, Florida
Metro population: 646,288
Median home price: $ 278,897
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,076
Unemployment rate: 7.7%

4. Melbourne, Florida
Metro population: 585,507
Median home price: $ 217,400
Average Monthly Rent: $ 1,068
Unemployment rate: 6.7%

5. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Metro population: 540,999
Median home price: $ 226,550
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,009
Unemployment rate: 7.5%

6. Tampa, Florida
Metro population: 3,097,859
Median home price: $ 301,963
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,115
Unemployment rate: 7.2%

7. Fort Myers, Florida
Metro population: 737,468
Median home price: $ 277,900
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,154
Unemployment rate: 7.4%

8. Port St. Lucie, Florida
Metro population: 472,012
Median home price: $ 233,133
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,162
Unemployment rate: 7.3%

9. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Metro population: 367,000
Median home price: $ 270,567
Median Monthly Rent: $ 1,114
Unemployment rate: 6.5%

10. Pensacola, Florida
Metro population: 488,246
Median home price: $ 200,800
Average Monthly Rent: $ 1,015
Unemployment rate: 6.2%

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