Austin #8 Best City to Retire

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WalletHub ranked Austin, Texas the eighth best city in the United States in which to retire. With a score of 55.78, Austin ranked 10th for percentage of population aged 65 and older, 38th in affordability, 30th for its activities, 52nd in quality of life, and 73rd in health care when compared to more than 180 cities in the U.S.  

The top retiree-friendly city was Orlando, followed by Scottsdale, Tampa, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Charleston, and Miami. Cape Coral and Tempe rounded out the top ten. Other Texas city rankings in the top 100 included Grand Prairie in place 33, San Antonio in place 35, Dallas in place 46, Laredo in place 62, Plano in place 65, Fort Worth in place 71, Amarillo in place 73, El Paso in place 80, Houston and Garland in places 92 and 93, respectively, and Lubbock in place 98.

Laredo was tops among all cities for lowest adjusted cost of living and lowest annual cost of in-home services. Plano had the third highest percentage of employed people over the age of 65. Grand Prairie had the lowest percentage of people over the age of 65 of all the cities compared.

WalletHub aimed to rank these cities across 46 key metrics “to help Americans plan an affordable retirement while maintaining the best quality of life.” The report cited an average age of 66 for retirement and provided rankings to help individuals locate cities “where you can stretch your dollar without sacrificing your lifestyle” as an alternative to staying employed for a longer period of time.