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Ranking: Best and worst cities to retire

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Bankrate's "Best and worst cities to retire" list ranks U.S. cities according to their cost of living, crime rate (violent and property crimes), walkability, health care quality, state and local tax burden, personal well-being for seniors and weather (temperature and precipitation).

Check out the top 10 cities to retire in the United States

Our list started with a database of thousands of cites; however, only 196 had data available for all of the ranking categories. We pared the list further to combine neighboring areas with nearly identical statistics, leaving us with 172 distinct areas.

The chart shows each city or region and how it fared in each category.

Check out how cities in the West rank nationally for retirement

RankCityCost of livingCrimeWell-
being
WalkabilityTaxesHealth careWeather
Rank: 1City: Mesa/ Phoenix, AZCost of living: AverageCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: LowHealth care: AverageWeather: Great
Rank: 3City: Prescott, AZCost of living: AverageCrime: LowWell-being: GreatWalkability: Below averageTaxes: LowHealth care: AverageWeather: Good
Rank: 4City: Tucson, AZCost of living: AverageCrime: HighWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: LowHealth care: AverageWeather: Great
Rank: 6City: Denver/ Aurora, COCost of living: HighCrime: AverageWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: LowHealth care: GoodWeather: Good
Rank: 9City: Colorado Springs, COCost of living: AverageCrime: AverageWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: LowHealth care: GoodWeather: Good
Rank: 12City: Salt Lake City, UTCost of living: LowCrime: Very highWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Below average
Rank: 17City: Lakewood, COCost of living: HighCrime: AverageWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: LowHealth care: GoodWeather: Good
Rank: 25City: Sunnyvale, CACost of living: Very highCrime: Very lowWell-being: GreatWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 28City: Seattle, WACost of living: Very highCrime: HighWell-being: GoodWalkability: GreatTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Below average
Rank: 30City: Vancouver, WACost of living: AverageCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: AverageTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Below average
Rank: 32City: Santa Clara, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GreatWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 39City: Roseville, CACost of living: HighCrime: LowWell-being: GreatWalkability: Below averageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 43City: Spokane Valley, WACost of living: LowCrime: AverageWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Average
Rank: 45City: Henderson, NVCost of living: HighCrime: LowWell-being: PoorWalkability: Below averageTaxes: LowHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 47City: Everett, WACost of living: HighCrime: HighWell-being: GoodWalkability: AverageTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Below average
Rank: 49City: Lakewood, WACost of living: HighCrime: HighWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Below average
Rank: 50City: Long Beach, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GreatTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 52City: Tacoma, WACost of living: HighCrime: HighWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Below average
Rank: 54City: Bellevue, WACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Below average
Rank: 59City: Los Angeles/ Glendale, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 63City: Paradise, NVCost of living: HighCrime: AverageWell-being: PoorWalkability: AverageTaxes: LowHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 65City: San Diego, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 70City: San Jose, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GreatWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 71City: Santa Ana, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 72City: Sacramento, CACost of living: HighCrime: AverageWell-being: GreatWalkability: AverageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 75City: Arden-Arcade, CACost of living: HighCrime: HighWell-being: GreatWalkability: AverageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 78City: Las Vegas, NVCost of living: HighCrime: AverageWell-being: PoorWalkability: Below averageTaxes: LowHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 81City: Spokane, WACost of living: LowCrime: Very highWell-being: GoodWalkability: AverageTaxes: AverageHealth care: GoodWeather: Average
Rank: 83City: Berkeley, CACost of living: Very highCrime: AverageWell-being: GoodWalkability: GreatTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Good
Rank: 88City: Boise, IDCost of living: LowCrime: LowWell-being: PoorWalkability: Below averageTaxes: AverageHealth care: Below averageWeather: Good
Rank: 96City: Irvine, CACost of living: Very highCrime: Very lowWell-being: GoodWalkability: AverageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 109City: Anaheim, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 114City: Carlsbad, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: Below averageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 119City: Hayward, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 121City: Hillsboro, ORCost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: AverageTaxes: HighHealth care: Below averageWeather: Below average
Rank: 122City: Portland, ORCost of living: Very highCrime: AverageWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: HighHealth care: Below averageWeather: Below average
Rank: 132City: Ontario, CACost of living: HighCrime: LowWell-being: Below averageWalkability: AverageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 137City: Bakersfield, CACost of living: HighCrime: AverageWell-being: Below averageWalkability: Below averageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 142City: Riverside, CACost of living: HighCrime: LowWell-being: Below averageWalkability: Below averageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 149City: South San Francisco, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Good
Rank: 150City: Fresno, CACost of living: HighCrime: AverageWell-being: Below averageWalkability: AverageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 157City: San Francisco, CACost of living: Very highCrime: HighWell-being: GoodWalkability: GreatTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Good
Rank: 160City: San Bernardino, CACost of living: HighCrime: HighWell-being: Below averageWalkability: Below averageTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Great
Rank: 161City: Redwood City, CACost of living: Very highCrime: LowWell-being: GoodWalkability: GoodTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Good
Rank: 165City: Oakland, CACost of living: Very highCrime: Very highWell-being: GoodWalkability: GreatTaxes: Very highHealth care: Below averageWeather: Good

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Healthways; the Council for Community and Economic Research; the FBI; the Tax Foundation; WalkScore.com; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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