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Florida’s Top 10 cities for retirement: Orlando tops nation

Where to kick back in the Sunshine State

In taking a look at the 150 largest U.S. cities across 31 various metrics, WalletHub calculated the best American cities for retirement.

I think some Florida residents will be surprised to find Orlando and Tampa ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, while Miami came in fourth. Metrics utilized include cost of living, percentage of elderly population, availability of recreational activities, and fishing facilities per capita.

Florida’s Top 10 (national rank in parenthesis):

  1. Orlando
  2. Tampa
  3. Miami (4th)
  4. Cape Coral (7th)
  5. Fort Lauderdale (13th)
  6. Port St. Lucie (15th)
  7. St. Petersburg (21st)
  8. Pembroke Pines (26th)
  9. Hialeah (40th)
  10. Tallahassee (63rd)

Honing in on South Florida, Miami ranked high in activities (No. 2) but average in quality of life (No. 73), while Fort Lauderdale fared well in health care (No. 22).

Source: WalletHub