Best Place to Retire

By Ashley Wells  |   November 16, 2018

According to the AARP, there are 10,000 baby boomers reaching retirement age every day and we know at least some of them are asking the question, Where is the best place to retire? While Naples has certainly made strides in attracting younger, working families following the establishment of several corporate headquarters, including Arthrex, Chico’s, and Hertz, Southwest Florida is still proving itself as a mecca for the more mature and discerning of residents.

The communities in Naples, FL have so much more to offer than shuffleboard and – as many 65+ people will tell you – retirement definitely doesn’t mean hanging up your hat from living the good life. For many, it’s just the beginning of a life lived at its best.

Warm beaches, white sands, renowned Chef’s opening new gourmet restaurants every week, museums and art, running and biking trails, and too many award-winning golf courses to count, are just the beginning of why Naples, FL was named the best place to retire on’s 2018 list.

To determine Naples’ #1 standing as the best place to retire, analyzed all U.S. cities with a population between 20,000 and 300,000 and removed places that reflected a high cost for healthcare. Data sources included the U.S. Census Bureau, Medicare, ESRI, USDA, and NOAA. Information gathered covered community engagement, quality of healthcare, recreational activities, number of 65+ residents, air quality, climate, property taxes, and assisted living options among many other factors.

Other cities that made the list were found across the U.S. in South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Washington, California, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, and Arkansas.

While retirement may look different for everyone, we can’t think of a better place to enjoy life at any age than in our beloved and golden paradise of Naples, FL.

To see Livability’s full list of 2018 Best Places to Retire, click here.

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