Wondering where to spend your golden years? Money magazine rounded up the top 10 places to retire in America, factoring in the climate, culture, and economic strength of each city. Click through to see America’s top 10 retirement destinations!
Above: Raleigh, N.C. came in at number 1, notable for its mild weather, reasonable cost of living, and high number of 55- to 64-year-olds.
2. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Thirty years ago, Pittsburgh was known as an industrial capital, but now the city is transforming its old factories into trendy new galleries and lofts. The city also boasts good public transportation, great universities, and a cost of living slightly below the national average.
3. Lexington, Ky.
Thirty percent of Lexington’s population is over age 50, and the city boasts lots of galleries and boutiques with a charming country feel.
4. St. Petersburg, Fla.
For those dreaming of a beach retirement, St. Petersburg offers both gorgeous beaches and a vibrant cultural scene.
5. Boise, Idaho
This mountain town is great for retirees who love outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and golfing—without an enormous price tag.
6. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
There’s no state income tax, the weather is beautiful, and nearly 40 percent of the city’s population is over age 50, making Fort Lauderdale a prime retirement destination.
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
Set against the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City boasts dozens of museums and restaurants, as well as a great public transportation system.
8. Colorado Springs, Colo.
The perfect city for nature lovers, Colorado Springs is minutes away from parks, hiking trails, and the Rocky Mountains.
9. Spokane, Wash.
The Spokane area boasts five ski resorts and several golf courses and wineries—and 260 days of sunshine a year, according to Money Magazine--making it an attractive retirement spot.
10. Norfolk, Va.
Norfolk has easy access to sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, and also has a vibrant artistic scene, world-class cuisine, and affordable housing prices.