Posted by Mark Washburn on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:47:02 AM By Mark Washburn / August 27, 2018 Comment
Southwest Florida is a prime location for those of all ages, but when it comes to retirees it seems Cape Coral is near the top. WalletHub just put the city in its list of the top ten places for retirees. To come up with its list for “2018’s Best & Worst Places to Retire”, the financial website looked at things like quality of life, access to health care, affordability and recreational activities. A city’s affordability took things such as the adjusted cost of living and tax-friendliness of a community into account, while activities ranked everything from the number of public golf courses to museums, theaters, fishing facilities and art galleries. Quality of life considered things such as a city’s walk score, mild weather, water and air quality, plus the local crime rate. Meanwhile, the health care category looked at the number of doctors, nurses, dentists and the life expectancy for each community. When breaking it down, Cape Coral took the 22nd spot for affordability, the 55th spot for activities and the 20th spot for quality of life. The only category in which the city ranked on the lower end of the scale was health care. In all, the study ranked more than 180 cities across the nation. Not surprisingly several Florida cities, in addition to Cape Coral, also made it to the top of the list. While Orlando was number one, Tampa came in at number three. Other Florida cities on the top ten list included Fort Lauderdale at number five and Miami at number seven. Port St Lucie took the 31st spot in the ranking. That falls in line with another recent ranking by WalletHub, this one ranking “2018’s Best & Worst States to Retire”. In that study the entire State of Florida came out on top. Separately, WalletHub also looked at cities with the highest percentage of a population at least age 65. In this particular category, Cape Coral ranked third.
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