These Are the Best Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2023

published Dec 26, 2022
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
Credit: Tirachard Kumtanom/Shutterstock

If you’re nearing retirement age or are retiring in 2023, you may be starting to think about where you want to spend your golden years. Whether you’re looking to make a move cross-country or embrace everything your current city has to offer, it’s important to note the perks that each city have for the older generation.

In a new study, StorageCafe looked at the 100 largest metro areas in the United States, evaluating them for their age-friendliness across criteria ranging from cost of living and access to healthcare to the local tax burden, safety and the availability of recreational activities. Those areas with the highest score were determined to be some of the best places to retire in the U.S. in 2023, making them somewhere all retirees should consider if planning on a move. And if you already live in one of the metro areas? Bonus!

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area continues to be a highly desirable place for Americans to spend their golden years thanks to the area’s low tax rates and pleasant climate. Other areas in Florida that made the top ten are North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater.

In second place is the Cleveland-Elyria metropolitan area of Ohio. The study found that the area has good levels of safety and cost-effective housing, and the ratio of people over 65 years old to other adults is more than 30 percent. Also in Ohio, Dayton-Kettering came in at fifth place, bringing to the table much of what Cleveland has in terms of safety and healthcare, but at a much more affordable cost of living. For example, house prices in Cleveland average at $220,000, while in Dayton they hover at around $192,000.

Credit: StorageCafe

New York State was found to be the perfect all-rounder for retirees. Scoring well for safety, parks and recreation, and the provision of healthcare workers, don’t rule out the New York City metro area — which came out at fourth place. If you want a little less hustle and bustle, other areas in New York to consider are Albany and Rochester, boasting considerably lower house prices and rent than the city.

Overall, it seems as though Northeastern states are generally a great place to retire to thanks to the average cost of living and manageable weather.