Florida took home the top five spots on the list, with Cypress Lake leading the pack, followed by Indian River Estates, Cocoa Beach, Juno Beach, and Inverness. Other Florida cities featured in the top ten included Sun City Center (#6), Umatilla (#8), North Palm Beach (#9), and Gifford (#10). In total, Florida boasted the most cities featured on the list.
Dwellics analyzed data on over 50,000 U.S. cities to compile a list of the Top 100: Best Cities for Retired Singles. Factors used in the ranking include budget, including cost of living index and property price; climate; infrastructure; human safety, including risks of natural disasters, water and air quality, cancer risks, and life expectancy; and community of people of retirement age who are single.
“While it is no surprise, Florida has long been a prime U.S. retirement destination, grabs the top honors for the state with the most entries on the list, the best city for retired singles nationally is Cypress Lake, Florida. This Lee-County community is experiencing rapid growth and has a reputation for being a haven for retirees,” the report noted.
In addition to Florida, North Carolina (Hendersonville, #8), Illinois (Lincolnshire, #12), and New Jersey (Mansfield Township, #23) all made an appearance in the top 25.
“The prevalence of Florida in the report reflects the state’s status as a tax-friendly, warm-weather haven for retirees willing to risk living in an area prone to frequent hurricanes,” the report added. “Interestingly, Arizona, which is similarly regarded as being tax-friendly towards retirees, with a warm, hurricane-free climate, only places two communities on the list (Bisbee, #36 and Catalina Foothills, #74). This could be explained by the fact that single retirees increasingly choose an active lifestyle, which Florida’s many beaches and miles of coastline promote.”