Sarasota has once again topped the list of best places to retire in America, according to data for 2021-2022 from US News & World Report. Seven of the top ten are spread over additional Florida cities, beach cities such as Naples and Melbourne, and more cosmopolitan settings such as Tampa.
The study, which evaluates 150 metropolitan areas and ranks them according to criteria that include health care, housing affordability, air quality, crime rates, taxes, and overall desirability, is based on Sarasota’s beaches, parks, cultural attractions, restaurants and Buying is cited as its argument. Top of the list.
“Sarasota has a distinct vibe that is distinct from the coastal cities relative to Florida, with its own vibrant arts scene, beach atmosphere, and growing foodie culture. Those who choose Sarasota as their home usually find it Called by its unique charm,” said US News contributor Elizabeth Jinis.
“There was a time when Sarasota was dismissed as a playground for retirees, but that reputation is slowly changing as more young professionals begin to make it their own. Rosemary District is one of the city’s emerging One of the neighborhoods is where spectacular murals adorn the storefront and modern condominiums and hotels sit near the casual breakfast cafe.”
Naples, Daytona Beach and Melbourne occupy the second, third and fourth places respectively, offering similar amenities as Sarasota, while also having a relatively lower cost of living. Due to their distance from Florida’s largest urban centers as only docked points, troop of urbanites, families, professionals, and retirees enjoy these cities.
Florida’s status as a non-income tax state makes it attractive to those who decide to semi-retire, of whom there are a growing number. Publix is a major employer for semi-retired individuals in the state.
Fort Myers ranks seventh on the list. Located adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers is home to some of the best fishing spots in the country, as well as shopping centers, sporting events, and a plethora of cultural activities. The nearby Florida Gulf Coast University offers educational opportunities to those who wish to return to school after their careers have settled.
2022 Best places to retire in America (US News & World Report)
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