In one of the worst-kept secrets since John Snow’s fate on “Game of Thrones,” a study has indicated that Arizona is a great place retire.
WalletHub on Monday released its list of best/worst cities to retire. The ranking charts 150 American cities across four main metrics — affordability, availability of recreational activities, quality of life and health care.
Scottsdale was No. 3 overall, the highest-ranked for any Arizona city. Scottsdale also had the highest percentage of residents over 65 years old (21.1 percent) and was fourth on the “mild weather” factor.
Tucson was No. 20 overall and the Old Pueblo got high marks for available activities and quality of life.
The other cities in our state to make the list were:
- 32 – Tempe
- 41 -Phoenix
- 42 – Mesa
- 50 – Peoria
- 57 – Chandler Chandler
- 62 – Glendale
- 71 – Gilbert
Orlando and Tampa, Florida, were the only cities ranked ahead of Scottsdale coming in a one and two. The only ‘cold weather’ city to make the Top 10 was Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on the strength of being ranked number one in health care.
Let us know what you think about the rankings and whether there are other places in our state that deserve to be considered among the top places to retire. Receiving high marks is not only a feather in the cap of many Arizona communities, it also shows we are doing a lot of things right. And the more we do right – the sooner we can reach our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!