America's Best Affordable Places to Retire


An astounding 93% of the growth in the U.S. labor force through 2016 will be among workers over 55, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. With more Americans delaying retirement, U.S. News & World Report chose to focus on affordable destinations in the third annual Best Places to Retire list. The 2009 Best Affordable Places to Retire, powered by Onboard Informatics demographic and economic indicators, reflects the shifting expectations of retirees. Rather than focusing on popular (and pricey) retirement hubs, U.S. News selected affordable high-value spots with great amenities. In order to make the cut, cities needed high-quality healthcare and elder-care facilities and outstanding cultural and learning programs.

The analysis didn't stop there. The U.S. News editorial team conducted interviews with residents in the top towns to get a true picture of each city.

Photo by Charlie Archambault, U.S. News & World Report

Realizing that retirement goals are extremely personal, the new U.S. News package also includes an interactive search tool for retirees to find towns that conform to their lifestyle needs and preferences.

The Best Places to Retire search application weighs a user's criteria against a database of 2,000 places with populations of at least 10,000 and crime equal to or below the national average. Complete methodology is found here.

Listed alphabetically, here are the top 10 places to retire:

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Aurora, Colorado
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tucson, Arizona

The Best Affordable Places, featured in October's U.S. News & World Report magazine, hit newsstands today.

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