Top 10 Best Places to Retire

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Annual list ranks America’s top retirement cities

When choosing where to retire, most older adults look for places where they can stay active, engaged, inspired and healthy. Today’s retirees prefer to keep learning and experiencing new things as they age, and tend to seek more diverse climates, demographics and activities. With this in mind, has named the Top 10 Best Places to Retire, .

For this list of the best places to retire, editors pulled data used to determine the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Editors identified cities with creative atmospheres, excellent health care, lots of art and entertainment venues, high levels of social engagement, great parks and other outdoor amenities, along with a relatively low cost of living – those quality of place assets that matter most to seniors.

And finally, they considered cities with diverse climates as well as cities with a college or university – since many colleges provide residents with continuing education opportunities, and often offer free or discounted classes, lectures and workshops for senior citizens.

“If the only factor in your retirement planning is playing golf on a daily basis, your choices are pretty clear,” says Matt Carmichael, editor. “But for everyone else, we wanted to put together a list of great cities that have more to offer than green grass and easy tee times. Not everyone moves when they retire, but for those who do, here are 10 cities and towns to consider.”

Top 10 Best Places to Retire 2013

1. Cincinnati, OH

2. St. Louis, MO

3. Baton Rouge, LA

4. Provo, UT

5. Pittsburgh, PA

6. Roanoke, VA

7. Knoxville, TN

8. Birmingham, AL

9. Cedar Rapids, IA

10. Syracuse, NY

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