TOP 14 Most Popular Places To Retire

TOP 14 Most Popular Places To Retire

When it comes to the best places to retire two things are very clear: the Sunbelt is where people want to go, and there is almost no interest in the Northeast or Midwest.

The Sunbelt, with 77 towns on’s 8th annual list of the 100 most popular retirement spots, continues to be prime territory for retirement dreams. Only 3 states in the Northeast (and none in the Midwest) made the cut: Delaware (Lewes and Rehoboth Beach), New Jersey (Cape May), and Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh). Most of the remaining cities on the top 100 list were from the Pacific Northwest and Colorado.

Florida Rules
Florida dominates the list of best places to retire, with 23 cities and towns (2 less than in 2013), followed by North Carolina (11), South Carolina (8), Arizona (7), California (6) and Washington (6). Tennessee had 5 cities in the top 100. The highest ranking non-Sun Belt city on our list was Charlottesville (VA) at #15.

 Asheville, NC is the #1 town, receiving 10 times as many page visits as Mount Dora (FL), which just grabbed the #100 position with under 1,000 page visits. Asheville has a stellar reputation as a great place to retire because of its beautiful mountains, gentle 4 seasons climate, and recreational/cultural opportunities.

Southwest Florida’s Sarasota and Venice held on to their #2 and #3 spots respectively, while Beaufort (SC) and Fort Myers (FL) moved up to the 4th and 5th spots (nudging out Austin (TX) and Prescott (AZ). Two retirement destinations in South Carolina broke into the top 10 this year – Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
This list is essentially a popularity contest; it reflects the towns that visitors are most interested in finding out more about for their retirements. The list was compiled by calculating the 100 towns that receive the most online visits of the 900+ cities reviewed at during the last 6 months of 2013. Some probably make the list in a given year because they were featured in one of their weekly newsletters, or  recently reviewed that town. . These are the 100 most popular places to retire for 2014. You do not have to stop there – you can explore the more than 900 towns and 2500 active adult communities by checking out Topretirements.

1.  Asheville, NC
2. Sarasota, FL
3.  Venice, FL
4.  Beaufort, SC

5.  Ft. Meyers, FL
6.  Charleston, SC
7.  Austin, TX
8.  Prescot, AZ
9.  Naples, FL
10. Myrtle Beach, SC
11. San Antonio, TX

12.  Paris, TN
13.  San Diego, CA
14.  Pensecola, FL

My focus is to best understand the goals and visions of my clients, ensuring all decisions are made with a wealth of information and the necessary tools for a successful, rewarding experience. 

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source: TopRetirement

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