Retirees still flock to sunny Florida, yet Texas is gaining ground as a desirable destination for retirement. In a new analysis from U.S. News & World Report magazine, multiple Lone Star metros rank among the best places for retirees in 2020, including San Antonio.
Dallas-Fort Worth ranks No. 10 in the U.S., directly followed by Austin at No. 11; Houston ranks No. 29, and San Antonio ranks No. 39.
To identify the best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data for the country’s 125 largest metro areas to gauge how well they meet Americans’ retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria include housing affordability and healthcare quality.
Overall, San Antonio earned a score of 6.8 out of 10, notching a high score for housing affordability (6.8) but a low score for healthcare quality (5.5).
"San Antonio is as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. It offers big-city amenities and world-renowned attractions coupled with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere," U.S. News observes. "The pace of life in San Antonio can be as active or as quiet as one chooses."
DFW earned a score of 7 out of 10, posting a 6.3 for healthcare quality and a 6.2 for housing affordability. Austin also earned an overall score of 7 out of 10. However, it didn’t fare as well in the healthcare quality (5.8) and housing affordability (5.7) categories as DFW did.
Houston received an overall score of 6.8, with scores of 6.3 for both housing affordability and healthcare quality.
No. 1 in the U.S. was Fort Myers, Florida, followed by Sarasota, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Asheville, North Carolina; and Port St. Lucie, Florida.