Where's the best place for me to retire?

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April 23, 2021
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Where's the best place for me to retire?

Tell eLesor what you want, and we'll find the right place for you

Our tool will create a customized list of what matters to you. Select everything from your desired weather, cultural amenities, financial considerations and the number of people living in the county, and we’ll give you 10 spot-on suggestions of counties that fit you best.

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April 23, 2021
New: Results by county; filter by politics, snowfall and more

Where's the best place for me to retire?

Tell eLesor what you want, and we'll find the right place for you

Our tool will create a customized list of what matters to you. Select everything from your desired weather, cultural amenities, financial considerations and the number of people living in the county, and we’ll give you 10 spot-on suggestions of counties that fit you best.

What else would you add? Email [email protected]

Editor: Silvia Ascarelli
Development: Katie Marriner

Sources: Metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are defined by delineations from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB.)

Most and least religious metro areas are based on the top and bottom quartile rankings of the 2010 Religion Census, conducted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

Population, median rent data, number of seniors number of college graduates and rapid population growth is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019 5-year estimates.

Cost of living is determined by the Commerce Department's regional price parities (RPP) of MSAs. A below-average cost of living is an MSA with an RPP of less than 100. If an MSA listed by OMB is not listed by the Commerce Department, non-metropolitan state-level price parity data is used. Unemployment figures are the median for 2019 by county from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Low overall tax burden" is defined by Tax Foundation.

Median home prices are calculated by Realtor, median rents are based on the Census's ACS 2015-2019 5-year estimates. Temperatures are the average maximum of all stations within a county using NOAA's 30-year (1981-2010) summaries. Due to rounding, display temperatures 0.5 degrees less than a lower range will round up to the next whole number.

Summer humidity the average dew point for the month of July for the years 1981-2010, calculated using data from the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State.

Top cancer hospital data is from the National Cancer Institute. VA medical center data is from Veterans Affairs. Medicare-rated five-star hospital and nursing home data is from Medicare.gov. Medical and recreational marijuana laws are based on statewide legislation data from Norml. An above-average share of primary care physicians is based on the proportion of physicians to the population, compared with the national proportion and is calculated using county data from University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 2020.

A county contains a national park, national forest or national wildlife refuge if the county's boundaries intersect with boundaries from the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System, respectively.

Top-quality theaters are members of the League of Resident Theatres.

Brewery data is from the Brewers Association.

Unless previously noted, a county or MSA has an establishment (casino, airport, etc) if the U.S. Census's County Business Patterns (CBP) identifies at least one establishment exists within a county, according to 2018 data.

Icons by Creative Stall from the Noun Project.