Five Florida cities ranked top 10 best places to retire, WalletHub reports

Orlando is the best city to retire to in the nation, according to a recent WalletHub study. Newark, NJ was the worst.

The study looked at the “retirement-friendliness” of 182 cities across the nation and compared affordability, activities, quality of life and healthcare. The report assumed people would live on a fixed income.

Orlando came in at No. 7 for how affordable it is to live there. Four other Florida cities fall into the top 10 – Tampa (3), Ft. Lauderdale (5), Miami (7) and Cape Coral (9).

Cape Coral is one of the cities nationwide with the highest percentage of people aged 65 and older. Hialeah is No. 4 and also has the fewest people over age 65 who are employed.

In a January study, WalletHub named Florida the top state to retire to, and the state with the highest percentage of people 65 and older.

According to the same site, Florida has one of the worst healthcare systems in the nation.

CD Davidson-Hiers
CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.


  1. Crummy list, if you ask me. I’m familiar with the cities on the list. Really? Hard to beat Tally for quality of life, intellectual resources, art and music scene, natural beauty, sports, etc.

    I’m 67 but I sure don’t want to live anywhere that has highest number of 65+. Leon County, on the other hand, is youngest county in state. That’s more like it!


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