According to U.S. News and World Report, Lancaster, Pennsylvania has been ranked as America’s top retirement destination. CBS News.
CBS News reported that the publication ranked the city in Keystone State No.1 for its high quality senior care, low retiree taxes, and overall happiness.
The city was ranked fifth in the world last year as the best place to retire.
Lancaster is generally known for its farms, Amish communities, Franklin & Marshall College, and breweries.
Florida’s cities are the most popular on the list, but Pennsylvania now has five spots in the top 10. Last year the Sunshine State had eight cities in the list but now only has three.
CBS News reports the shift to Pennsylvania is due to Americans placing greater importance on housing affordability during their golden years. It has become the most important category in retirement rankings. Housing is the largest expense for most retirees.
U.S. News and World Report researchers evaluated the top 150 metropolitan areas of the country and gave them scores based upon a weighted average score across six categories.
• Housing affordability (24%)
• Resident happiness (22%)
• Health care quality (16%)
• Retiree tax rates (16%)
• Desirability (13%)
• Job opportunities (9%)
Here is the full top 10 places to retire in America, according to U.S. News and World Report.
1. Lancaster, PA
2. Harrisburg, PA
3. Pensacola FL
4. Tampa, FL
5. York, PA
6. Naples, FL
7. Daytona Beach, FL
8. Ann Arbor, MI
9. Allentown, PA
10. Reading, PA