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99 Best Places to Retire


...Are you searching for that great place to retire?
...Do you yearn for that weekend or vacation home?
...Do you just want to put your hard earned dollars to work
in thriving real estate markets?

Whatever your purpose, begin your search right here!

Track Facts for the Best Retirement
Cities in the U.S.

We research a top collection of 99 towns and cities across the U.S. (see large map). Compare the cities using 21 quality of life characteristics, such as home price, air quality, water quality, medical care, taxes and cost of living. See which places we rank the best at Top Ranked Cities. If you don't agree with our rankings, find your own best place with a custom ranking at My City Rank.

Create a detailed City Report with charts, facts and figures for all quality of life traits. Compare Retirement Cities in a unique side-by-side format. New city and community facts are evaluated and added on a regular basis.

Home Prices Since 2011

A primary factor for most of us in choosing where to live in retirement is home price. Look at what average home sales prices have done since 2011 in some of the most popular retirement and second home locations in the U.S.

Home Sales Price (Average)
New & Resale Homes
2011 - 2017
(click on a city for a detailed City Report)
    Price Price            
  2017 Change Change 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
City/Town thru Aug '16-'17 '11-'17 ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$)
Kailua, Oahu, HI $2,188,000 57% 96% $1,396 $956 $1,318 $1,119 $1,119 $1,119
Vail, CO $1,156,000 29% 39% $895 $941 $797 $816 $745 $833
Ann Arbor, MI $421,000 26% 66% $335 $314 $302 $296 $254 $254
Aspen, CO $1,026,000 25% -30% $823 $1,563 $1,604 $2,005 $1,303 $1,473
Winter Haven, FL $176,000 19% 87% $148 $131 $116 $110 $100 $94
Bigfork, MT $333,000 17% 49% $285 $311 $318 $261 $300 $223
Tyler, TX $227,000 16% 34% $196 $200 $185 $176 $182 $170
Palm Springs, CA $462,000 14% 71% $404 $369 $362 $305 $280 $270
Paradise Valley, AZ $1,331,000 14% 29% $1,164 $1,214 $1,213 $1,213 $1,040 $1,028
Galveston, TX $251,000 13% 31% $222 $213 $216 $222 $199 $191

What Will Happen to Home Prices?

Home prices for 2017 are up from 2016 in 80% of our 99 great places. Beach paradise Kailua, Hawaii and alpine resort Vail, Colorado top all of our places with home price gains of, respectively, 57% and 29%.

The affluent and ever mobile baby boomers are having an undeniable impact on the second home and retirement home market. As boomers enter the market for that new home, premiums will be placed on those properties that offer healthy and fun lifestyles in attractive natural settings.

You need to make an informed decision about that retirement or second home destination. Get out there and visit some of your favorite places. Find out what others are already learning about that great place in the mountains, by the shore or by the golf course that you can call your own.

Your source for facts about the best retirement cities in the U.S. is right here.

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