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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 College Town, Mountains College Town, Lakes & Rivers Lakes & Rivers, College Town Lakes & Rivers, College Town, Texas Hill Country Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, College Town na
Population (2013 est.)
Population (Current) 103,166 61,488 100,223 54,076 61,397 74,624
Population (1990) 83,312 40,641 75,450 28,743 58,282 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 25 38 54 30 29 36
Persons Per Square Mile 4,127 1,618 1,856 1,803 2,117 2,065
Home Prices
2016 $739,067 $185,343 $197,256 $223,979 $205,145 $374,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '16) 119.3% -8.8% 68.1% 83.9% 35.0% 55.0%
Annual Appreciation ('15 to '16) 18.8% 12.6% -1.4% 9.0% 12.5% 4.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '16) 5.4% -0.7% 3.8% 4.4% 2.0% 3.0%
Big City Prices ('16) $382,000 $231,000 $231,000 $288,000 $206,000 $291,000
Bargain Index 157% 65% 69% 63% 81% 104%
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Monthly Rent $2,158 $1,020 $1,181 $1,629 $1,033 $1,471
Price/Rent Index 23.0 12.2 11.2 9.2 13.3 17.1
Cost of Living (2016)
Cost of Living 168% 74% 81% 94% 77% 110%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2015)
Good Days 77% 71% 86% 79% 48% 71%
Moderate Days 21% 27% 12% 20% 50% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good 65% 55% 71% 89% 45% 36%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 35% 45% 29% 11% 55% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 58 35 35 38 42 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 29 miles 66 miles 98 miles 30 miles 103 miles 72 miles
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Recreation
National Parks 2 7 0 2 9 7
National Campgrounds 70 51 27 11 74 26
State Parks 7 5 8 10 10 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 4 4 7 2 9 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2015 127 195 279 277 252 324
2014 104 127 268 243 187 312
Gain ('14 to '15) 22% 54% 4% 14% 35% 3%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 29 28 33 23 35 37
White 88.0% 75.8% 60.5% 78.5% 64.0% 80.7%
Black or African American 0.9% 13.9% 24.8% 5.5% 30.0% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4% 0.3% 0.5% 0.9% 0.3% 0.8%
Asian 4.7% 4.2% 1.9% 1.6% 1.4% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 3.2% 3.0% 10.3% 10.4% 2.5% 4.4%
Multiple Races 2.6% 2.7% 2.0% 3.1% 1.8% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 8.7% 6.5% 21.2% 37.8% 5.9% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $92,930 $45,287 $54,547 $50,443 $57,933 $69,596
Occupied Housing 95% 92% 91% 94% 87% 83%
Vacant Housing 5% 8% 9% 6% 13% 17%
Home Ownership 48% 41% 53% 26% 45% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.80 3.00 3.10 3.00 2.90 2.90
Taxes (2016)
Local and State 7.5% 6.0% 8.2% 8.2% 7.2% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 115 days 102 days 108 days 108 days 102 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Cool & Dry Temperate & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 19 F 25 F 38 F 39 F 31 F 27 F
July High Temp 87 F 89 F 94 F 95 F 89 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 20 in 52 in 45 in 37 in 50 in 35 in
Elevation 5,484 ft 528 ft 550 ft 612 ft 957 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Lower Moderate Lower Moderate Moderate Moderate
Earthquake .4% .5% .2% 0% 1% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 0 0 20-40 20-40 10
Flood Low Moderate Very High Very High Low Very High
Tornado Very Low Moderate Moderate Low Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire High High Low High Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 0 0 0 0 5 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2015)
Violent Crimes 23 51 60 34 95 40
Property Crimes 319 532 501 334 608 408
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 5,687 4,243 1,958 1,629 3,272 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 552 1,413 2,521 2,913 1,526 1,253
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