The best and worst places to retire

It's never too early to start planning -- especially if you'll need to move across the country

(Credit: 401(K) 2012 Flickr)
(Credit: 401(K) 2012 Flickr)

Based on a collection of data considering crime rates, cost of living, health care and transportation, Bankrate created an index of the U.S. 50 largest cities to determine which were the best and worst places to retire to.

New York doesn’t make the top or bottom; the city’s 24-hour transit system was largely responsible for its decent showing of being the 18th best place to retire in, according the New York Times — perhaps the MTA karma works better if you don’t need to be at work at a certain time. However, quality of healthcare kept it out of the top 10.

Here’s where you should be looking to end up — or avoid — later in life.

Best cities to retire in




(Matthias Rosenkranz)

Los Angeles




Providence, R.I.

(Will Hart)


(Lucie Maru)

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Tampa–St. Petersburg, Fla.

(Jim Dietrich)




(Ed Schipul)



The top three worst places to retire

Louisville, Ky.

(Chris Watson



Riverside, Calif.

(Basil D Soufi)

[NYT] — Erin Hudson