Florida is the perennial winner of every best state to retire to and best place to live. The amount of coast line, the extremely favorable taxes and amazing year long weather makes it an easy pick. Surprisingly, the real estate prices aren’t the best in the country but far from being overpriced. As a result the state is full of retirees and services that cater to people in their retirement years. Just think of all those theme parks and spring break as grandkid magnets.
What’s not to like about Florida, especially for retirees. The weather and favorable tax combination make it a perfect haven for someone to retire to Florida. The hardest part might be resisting splurging to live near the coast when vs opting for the more affordable central Florida options. The suburbs of Orlando, for example, like Davenport offer affordable housing options specifically aimed at retirees including neighborhoods that cater to snow birds as well as those that prohibit rentals. Florida has something for everyone in retirement. In fact, Florida is such a perfect retirement destination that there’s not a single category outside cost of living and real estate prices that would cause anyone to pause on the decision to move there.
When you have such a clear favorite state to retire in Florida, it’s sometimes hard to see the downside. Aside from the humidity, one thing that retirees might overlook is the sheer volume of retirees that are in Florida. Too much of a good thing might actually be a negative in this case, as Florida ranks number two in population of retirees per 100,000. In the same vein, the weather is amazing but you’re barely getting 3 seasons and in the summer it can get downright miserable with tempuratures and humidity in the 90s’.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.