With so many people over 65 looking to find the best place to retire in, what makes for the more desirable retirement spot? From weather conditions to the price of retirement communities, there is a lot to take into consideration.
Merchant Cash Advance has taken a seedlist of popular places to retire in the United States and researched the median home price, population of over 65’s and days of sunshine per year to reveal the best place to retire to in the US.
Key points of interest:
• Florida is the most popular retirement state, making up 10 out of the 17 best places to retire in the US.
• Naples has the highest population of over 65’s, making up over half of the population.
• Fort Myers offers the most days of sunshine a year, being the go-to spot for sun seekers.
• Scranton is the cheapest spot, with the median home price offering a sizable space at just $119.3K.
The full data can be found here.
Naples – Florida
As well as being a popular vacation spot, Naples is becoming increasingly popular as a retirement destination. With the highest population of those aged 65+ who make up approximately half of the total residents, the area is known for its healthy lifestyle and positive outlook on life. Filled with gated communities to choose from, people can freely enjoy the white sand beaches, stunning sunsets, events on the pier and leading restaurants.
Fort Myers – Florida
Being another firm favorite retirement spot in Florida, Fort Myers boasts 271 days of sunshine a year, making it the highest in the country. With a lower average cost of living than other cities nearby, the sunny weather, beautiful scenery and great entertainment options make it a popular spot for those looking to enjoy a great quality of life. Although over 65’s make up a decent chunk of the population, the area is just as popular among families and couples, ideal for those who are looking for a more youthful atmosphere.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With the highest rate of over 65’s outside of Florida, Myrtle Beach offers something new for the more lively sun seeker. Renowned for sunny weather, sandy beaches, golf courses and fine dining experiences, the destination is also a popular vacation spot so offers plenty of ongoing activities and events to choose from. There are an array of senior living communities to choose from and Brightwater is a popular choice, offering villas, cottages, apartments and assisted living setups if needed.
Asheville – North Carolina
If a more peaceful retirement is what you are searching for, Asheville might just be the place for you. Set at 2,000 feet with stunning natural views over the mountains, enjoy the fresh air and countryside living as you take in the scenery every morning. The area is home to two national parks, two national forests and many state parks and forests so is ideal for the hiker, with plenty of local clubs which allow you to enjoy the area with likeminded people. As well as offering plenty of things to do, Asheville is known for world-class medical care, allowing you to rest assured that your health is in the best hands.
Scranton – Pennsylvania
Being the cheapest option on the list, Scranton has average house prices of $119.3K, making it ideal for those on a budget. The area has a low crime rate and is known for friendly and welcoming people. You can get stuck into the great shopping facilities, wonderful food and beautiful parks, offering a more suburban alternative to the hustle and bustle of many other popular retirement spots, perfect for those who are looking for a quieter lifestyle.