Retiring in the Grand Canyon State is not new to many retirees. Arizona witnessed about 840,000 retirees aged 60+ in recent years. Despite trailing Florida in terms of relocation attractiveness, Arizona is considered one of the most popular retirement destinations in recent years. But new data shows that it might not be as ideal as everyone thought as two Arizona cities rank in the Top 10 worst cities for retirement. 

DEEPER DIVE: 3 Arizona cities rank among best places to stretch retirement money

Our team at ConsumerAffairs ranked Lake Havasu City, AZ as #1 and Flagstaff, AZ as #6 worst cities for retirement in the U.S. in 2023. Lake Havasu City ranks last due to the cost of living, preventive services for 65+, park access, access to healthy foods and weather.

Take a preview at the bottom 10 cities for retirement:

How did we find this data?

We gathered data from multiple sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI and NYU Langone’s City Health Dashboard. We made each metric a positive or negative and gave each city a score out of 10 for each metric, then we combined the scores for these metrics to create a Retirement Score. 

We looked at major metropolitan statistical areas; if a city is excluded it’s due to a lack of reporting on crucial metrics we used for our report. See our methodology for more information.

Where does the rest of Arizona rank?

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