CITY LIVIN' IN RETIREMENT
San Antonio retires into 6th best spot in the country to put away your work boots
If 2023 is your year to relocate for a new life in retirement, or you’re a future retiree looking for that next move, Texas should be on your search list. Rental marketplace Zumper analyzed data from 100 cities nationwide to find the best American cities to retire, ranking San Antonio at No. 6.
In their latest report, Zumper looked at housing affordability, transportation, satisfaction of renters aged 45 and older, and other metrics to determine the cities in which current and prospective retirees would find the best benefits.
Texas was great overall for retirees based on the lack of state income tax and state-level taxes on Social Security. Good news for those who'd like to stay in Central Texas: San Antonio ranked No. 6 on the list, making it the best Texas city, thanks especially to its high healthcare rating due to its numerous healthcare providers. Another study in 2022 placed emphasis on suburbs and smaller cities like Boerne, which also scored high on healthcare.
Austin, No. 19, also received high rankings in the healthcare category and favorable marks for its good weather. It also ranked No. 1 for having the most satisfaction for outdoor recreation.
Also on the list is El Paso at No. 8, after ranking high in overall satisfaction and median rent. Fort Worth, Dallas, and Houston are just past the halfway mark on Zumper’s list at No. 54, No. 56, and No. 57, respectively. Other Texas cities further down the list are Arlington (No. 77), Plano (No. 85), and Irving near the bottom (No. 96).
Zumper’s best overall city to retire, thanks to its housing and healthcare availability, is Columbus, Ohio. The second best city to retire is Louisville, Kentucky – most notably known for its bourbon distilleries, affordable rent, and access to outdoor spaces.
Spokane, Washington takes the No. 3 spot for its favorable weather, an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, and high satisfaction for residents aged 45 and older. Detroit, Michigan (No. 4), and Albuquerque, New Mexico (No. 5), both beat San Antonio, and were notable for their affordable median rent.
The top 10 best US cities to retire in, according to Zumper, are:
- 1. Columbus, Ohio
- 2. Louisville, Kentucky
- 3. Spokane, Washington
- 4. Detroit, Michigan
- 5. Albuquerque, New Mexico
- 6. San Antonio, Texas
- 7. Raleigh, North Carolina
- 8. El Paso, Texas
- 9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
- 10. Tallahassee, Florida
The full report can be found at zumper.com.