Charleston Ranked Among 2023’s Best Places in America to Retire

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With only 27% of workers reporting that they are “very confident” they will have enough money for retirement, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst Places to Retire.

To help Americans plan for a comfortable retirement without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 45 key measures of affordability, quality of life, health care and availability of recreational activities. The data set ranges from the cost of living to retired taxpayer-friendliness to the state’s health infrastructure.

Best Retirement Cities

Overall Rank  City Total Score  Affordability  Activities  Quality of Life  Health Care 
1 Tampa, FL 59.93 40 5 26 79
2 Scottsdale, AZ 59.87 61 20 6 24
3 Fort Lauderdale, FL 58.17 85 6 50 44
4 Orlando, FL 58.09 30 14 73 50
5 Miami, FL 57.47 75 3 94 61
6 Casper, WY 57.22 2 70 37 88
7 Denver, CO 56.99 82 11 71 39
8 Cincinnati, OH 56.29 107 4 66 47
9 Charleston, SC 55.93 17 28 78 112
10 Atlanta, GA 55.85 42 8 120 110
11 San Francisco, CA 55.74 163 2 23 37
12 St. Petersburg, FL 55.68 40 30 28 100
13 Wilmington, DE 55.66 44 34 154 13
14 Minneapolis, MN 55.43 136 9 62 15
15 Las Vegas, NV 54.75 24 7 104 167
16 Tempe, AZ 54.67 61 49 36 48
17 Boise, ID 54.56 54 69 16 32
18 Pittsburgh, PA 54.06 134 21 44 17
19 Columbia, SC 53.91 9 71 112 69
20 San Diego, CA 53.91 151 10 9 66
21 Cheyenne, WY 53.64 4 135 51 82
22 Missoula, MT 53.59 90 38 163 3
23 Cape Coral, FL 53.42 52 67 22 68
24 Madison, WI 53.34 140 43 8 16
25 Pembroke Pines, FL 52.95 79 105 15 64
26 Dover, DE 52.91 12 72 171 73
27 Columbia, MD 52.72 144 79 4 8
28 Richmond, VA 52.41 50 39 158 27
29 Honolulu, HI 52.31 166 13 2 103
30 Raleigh, NC 52.15 49 77 64 34
31 Salt Lake City, UT 52.13 59 15 168 77
32 Fargo, ND 52.12 38 166 99 7
33 Glendale, CA 52.11 154 44 5 25
34 Los Angeles, CA 52.03 156 18 13 80
35 Virginia Beach, VA 51.60 33 80 80 38
36 Colorado Springs, CO 51.58 37 82 39 70
37 Akron, OH 51.53 73 62 76 57
38 Washington, DC 51.24 169 1 63 109
39 Jacksonville, FL 51.15 16 61 108 125
40 Birmingham, AL 51.12 10 48 175 97
41 Sacramento, CA 50.94 115 37 25 99
42 Tucson, AZ 50.91 51 36 101 133
43 Knoxville, TN 50.77 3 87 140 150
44 New Orleans, LA 50.75 91 12 162 127
45 Chandler, AZ 50.51 61 89 56 60
46 Huntington Beach, CA 50.35 146 23 35 51
47 Phoenix, AZ 50.34 61 42 116 86
48 Port St. Lucie, FL 50.26 29 122 88 106
49 St. Louis, MO 50.23 81 16 181 89
50 Sioux Falls, SD 50.22 109 143 69 4
51 Overland Park, KS 50.13 117 127 34 21
52 West Valley City, UT 50.07 59 83 102 136
53 Hialeah, FL 50.05 75 106 27 108
54 Austin, TX 49.89 118 27 61 121
55 St. Paul, MN 49.84 135 32 89 31
56 Jackson, MS 49.83 23 108 147 90
57 Nashua, NH 49.74 121 111 83 12
58 Long Beach, CA 49.73 156 33 21 59
59 Tallahassee, FL 49.72 20 101 72 146
60 Bismarck, ND 49.70 116 155 40 14
61 Philadelphia, PA 49.68 143 31 49 42
62 Rapid City, SD 49.57 103 91 166 5
63 Mobile, AL 49.37 5 100 155 152
64 Columbus, OH 49.30 98 78 43 83
65 Peoria, AZ 49.19 61 99 93 92
66 Reno, NV 49.16 32 65 42 170
67 Lexington-Fayette, KY 49.16 89 156 14 22
68 Irvine, CA 49.15 146 46 32 30
69 Little Rock, AR 49.14 39 115 152 52
70 Portland, OR 49.08 162 17 77 65
71 Gilbert, AZ 48.95 61 136 46 58
72 San Antonio, TX 48.84 87 26 109 166
73 Charleston, WV 48.74 19 75 119 160
74 Baton Rouge, LA 48.67 70 40 153 114
75 Louisville, KY 48.66 95 59 59 124
76 Henderson, NV 48.64 24 116 10 173
77 Huntington, WV 48.63 6 150 139 158
78 Lincoln, NE 48.58 110 112 45 19
79 Portland, ME 48.52 159 24 47 85
80 Boston, MA 48.40 179 29 30 11
81 Nampa, ID 48.39 54 168 24 128
82 Durham, NC 48.22 86 131 123 9
83 Mesa, AZ 48.09 61 104 87 91
84 Billings, MT 47.93 84 163 126 10
85 Grand Rapids, MI 47.92 112 66 100 72
86 Norfolk, VA 47.68 33 84 133 115
87 Las Cruces, NM 47.50 57 157 57 153
88 Fremont, CA 47.43 163 102 3 35
89 Chesapeake, VA 47.37 33 152 70 75
90 Cedar Rapids, IA 47.37 131 147 31 41
91 Fort Worth, TX 47.32 101 73 55 122
92 Anaheim, CA 47.27 146 85 19 29
93 Nashville, TN 47.19 22 58 178 139
94 Glendale, AZ 47.13 61 93 121 84
95 Garden Grove, CA 47.09 146 54 38 63
96 Oakland, CA 47.06 160 35 95 40
97 Santa Clarita, CA 47.00 154 107 12 49
98 Juneau, AK 46.99 129 51 138 28
99 Cleveland, OH 46.95 106 52 151 46
100 Charlotte, NC 46.93 48 124 81 119
101 Manchester, NH 46.46 121 146 58 23
102 Buffalo, NY 46.26 132 47 111 98
103 Huntsville, AL 46.20 11 179 117 159
104 Chattanooga, TN 46.12 15 129 169 151
105 Anchorage, AK 46.11 114 81 106 54
106 Kansas City, MO 46.06 93 76 150 74
107 Dallas, TX 45.96 120 45 115 123
108 Winston-Salem, NC 45.82 46 151 53 132
109 Oceanside, CA 45.81 151 74 17 117
110 San Jose, CA 45.80 161 114 7 43
111 Albuquerque, NM 45.73 80 63 142 145
112 Aurora, CO 45.70 82 139 135 33
113 Milwaukee, WI 45.69 130 50 161 36
114 Newport News, VA 45.68 33 159 136 113
115 Memphis, TN 45.66 7 95 180 162
116 Plano, TX 45.63 142 97 29 55
117 Augusta, GA 45.61 13 169 86 177
118 Brownsville, TX 45.56 21 176 74 172
119 Santa Ana, CA 45.41 146 60 67 71
120 Shreveport, LA 45.29 31 170 145 111
121 Oxnard, CA 45.23 123 140 52 95
122 Oklahoma City, OK 45.21 47 92 157 135
123 Burlington, VT 45.05 174 57 131 2
124 Santa Rosa, CA 45.01 165 117 18 62
125 Houston, TX 44.97 94 56 159 137
126 Seattle, WA 44.96 180 25 33 56
127 Lewiston, ME 44.91 105 142 98 93
128 Pearl City, HI 44.90 166 165 1 138
129 Fort Wayne, IN 44.80 71 149 84 116
130 Omaha, NE 44.54 137 98 122 20
131 Rochester, NY 44.46 158 41 124 94
132 El Paso, TX 44.32 56 123 60 171
133 North Las Vegas, NV 44.28 24 154 85 174
134 Providence, RI 44.18 138 53 103 131
135 New York, NY 44.08 182 19 20 76
136 Montgomery, AL 44.06 1 158 164 180
137 South Burlington, VT 44.04 174 96 149 1
138 Fort Smith, AR 43.96 8 162 160 157
139 Worcester, MA 43.95 141 120 114 53
140 Indianapolis, IN 43.94 88 109 167 78
141 Fayetteville, NC 43.82 14 130 141 178
142 Toledo, OH 43.77 97 121 113 130
143 Moreno Valley, CA 43.65 96 181 110 148
144 Springfield, MO 43.45 77 128 177 101
145 Chula Vista, CA 43.21 151 164 11 81
146 Laredo, TX 43.14 28 173 91 181
147 Tulsa, OK 43.11 45 113 172 147
148 Modesto, CA 43.09 92 182 65 154
149 Chicago, IL 43.04 176 22 137 104
150 New Haven, CT 43.01 171 137 129 6
151 Columbus, GA 42.94 18 167 92 182
152 Grand Prairie, TX 42.87 125 145 41 140
153 Des Moines, IA 42.73 124 141 68 107
154 Corpus Christi, TX 42.56 53 119 143 168
155 Greensboro, NC 42.53 27 134 176 149
156 Salem, OR 42.44 99 160 127 129
157 Irving, TX 42.32 125 132 96 105
158 Riverside, CA 42.21 100 133 118 143
159 Gulfport, MS 42.09 43 88 179 179
160 Yonkers, NY 41.99 181 68 54 26
161 Jersey City, NJ 41.93 173 90 82 45
162 Ontario, CA 41.84 104 161 107 163
163 Garland, TX 41.75 125 148 48 134
164 Lubbock, TX 41.61 72 144 156 141
165 Arlington, TX 41.55 125 138 90 126
166 Warwick, RI 41.32 138 110 105 144
167 Amarillo, TX 41.18 78 172 128 164
168 Spokane, WA 41.06 119 125 148 118
169 Tacoma, WA 40.80 170 64 134 87
170 Fontana, CA 40.78 102 175 97 165
171 Fresno, CA 40.68 58 174 144 156
172 Aurora, IL 40.65 176 94 79 67
173 Baltimore, MD 40.43 144 55 174 120
174 Vancouver, WA 39.79 168 103 125 96
175 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 39.15 133 178 75 161
176 Wichita, KS 39.14 108 126 170 155
177 Bridgeport, CT 39.09 178 153 146 18
178 Detroit, MI 38.55 111 118 182 142
179 San Bernardino, CA 38.29 69 171 173 169
180 Bakersfield, CA 37.90 74 177 132 176
181 Newark, NJ 37.68 172 86 165 102
182 Stockton, CA 35.33 113 180 130 175

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that city, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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