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Here is a comparison of city quality of life facts and figures for the best places to retire in the U.S. Compare home prices, cost of living, air quality, medical care, water quality, demographics and more.


Top Ranked City Comparison
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City Type
City Type Lakes & Rivers, College Town Lakes & Rivers, College Town, Mountains Lakes & Rivers, College Town Lakes & Rivers, College Town Lakes & Rivers, College Town na
Population (2016 est.)
Population (Current) 104,798 116,868 123,371 131,591 150,287 78,040
Population (1990) 75,450 86,835 na 84,770 75,494 49,272
Land Area (sq mi) 54 42 116 61 98 36
Persons Per Square Mile 1,941 2,783 1,064 2,157 1,534 2,151
Home Prices
2017 $227,220 $281,591 $191,141 $198,090 $168,097 $425,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '17) 93.7% 95.7% 35.2% 73.0% 65.8% 68.0%
Annual Appreciation ('16 to '17) 16.0% 9.2% 3.5% 8.0% 0.1% 6.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '17) 4.5% 4.3% 2.0% 3.5% 3.4% 3.5%
Big City Prices ('17) $255,000 $308,000 $205,000 $233,000 $249,000 $319,000
Bargain Index 72% 74% 75% 69% 55% 103%
Big City Dallas Salt Lake City Atlanta Jacksonville Nashville na
Monthly Rent $1,168 $1,216 $1,054 $1,174 $1,169 $1,495
Price/Rent Index 13.1 15.6 12.2 11.3 9.7 18.2
Cost of Living (2017)
Cost of Living 82% 90% 75% 80% 72% 109%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2016)
Good Days 86% 59% 61% 86% 68% 72%
Moderate Days 12% 36% 37% 13% 29% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 2% 4% 2% 1% 3% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good 71% 75% 30% 14% 66% 36%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 29% 26% 70% 86% 35% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 35 47 26 34 18 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 98 miles 44 miles 70 miles 72 miles 47 miles 72 miles
City Dallas Salt Lake City Atlanta Jacksonville Nashville na
Recreation
National Parks 0 2 6 6 5 7
National Campgrounds 27 85 68 11 45 26
State Parks 8 9 14 15 12 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 7 7 4 4 3 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2016 305 186 115 76 788 346
2015 279 104 89 71 688 324
Gain ('15 to '16) 9% 79% 29% 7% 15% 6%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 33 23 26 25 29 37
White 60.5% 84.8% 61.8% 64.9% 65.6% 80.7%
Black or African American 24.8% 0.7% 26.6% 23.0% 23.3% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5% 0.8% 0.2% 0.3% 0.6% 0.8%
Asian 1.9% 2.5% 4.2% 6.9% 2.3% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.0% 1.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.5% 0.2%
Other Race 10.3% 6.6% 5.0% 1.9% 2.8% 4.4%
Multiple Races 2.0% 3.4% 2.2% 2.9% 5.1% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 21.2% 15.2% 10.5% 10.0% 9.3% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $54,547 $42,840 $51,397 $50,495 $52,708 $69,596
Occupied Housing 91% 95% 89% 89% 90% 83%
Vacant Housing 9% 5% 11% 11% 10% 17%
Home Ownership 53% 42% 42% 38% 56% 55%
Persons Per Family 3.10 3.40 3.00 2.80 3.10 2.90
Taxes (2016)
Local and State 8.2% 6.8% 7.0% 6.8% 9.5% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 108 days 112 days 108 days 111 days 97 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Warm & Humid Warm & Dry Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 38 F 23 F 33 F 44 F 25 F 27 F
July High Temp 94 F 93 F 90 F 91 F 90 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 45 in 20 in 48 in 49 in 55 in 35 in
Elevation 550 ft 4,570 ft 800 ft 96 ft 382 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Lower Moderate Lower Moderate Lower Moderate
Earthquake .2% 25% .3% .1% 1% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 0 20-40 40-60 0 10
Flood Very High High Low High Very High Very High
Tornado Moderate Very Low Low Moderate Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire Low High Low Low Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 0 0 3 1 0 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2016)
Violent Crimes 58 14 39 82 67 40
Property Crimes 501 269 473 460 366 403
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 1,958 5,264 2,861 1,148 4,058 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 2,521 1,028 1,785 2,748 1,512 1,253
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