Fort Myers was recently ranked the number one place to retire in the U.S., among a list of more than 100 cities by U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News analyzed data for the 125 largest metropolitan areas in the country to assess how well they meet Americans’ retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria include the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality.
Fort Myers came out on top based on its weather, reasonably-priced housing, assortment of attractions and entertainment, and plentiful selection of restaurants.
The report states, “Nestled alongside the Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida, Fort Myers is a midsize metro area. It has retained its small-town heritage though, with a charming downtown lined with shops and restaurants, many of which are dog-friendly. Museums, parades, festivals, theaters, parks, historical sites and art galleries pepper the metro area and its social calendar.”
With more than nine months of sunny days annually and wintertime temperatures that rarely fall below 60 degrees, it’s easy to see why our Southwest Florida neighbor ranked high, with an overall breakdown as follows:
- Overall score: 7.6 (out of 10)
- Desirability: 8.6
- Value: 5.2
- Job market: 6.2
- Quality of life: 6.5
- Net migration: 10
Other Florida cities on the list include Sarasota (2), Port St. Lucie (5), Jacksonville (6), Miami (14), Lakeland (15), Tampa (17), Melbourne (19), Orlando (22) and Pensacola (33). For the full report, click here.