The results are in, and once again Fort Myers takes one of the top spots when it comes to the “Best Places to Retire in 2021”. The ranking comes from U.S. News & World Report.
The website took into consideration 150 of the nation’s largest metro areas. It looked at things like housing affordability, desirability and happiness.
It also considered retiree taxes, the job market and access to quality health care. As part of the ranking, analysts considered an online survey of those 45 and older.
Analysts wanted to hear from those nearing retirement age in order to learn more about their particular retirement preferences. Each metro area on the list scored a total of 10 points.
When everything was taken into consideration, Fort Myers totaled 7.4 points and took second place for 2021. U.S. News pointed out more than one-third of Fort Myers residents are at least 60 years old.
The popular retirement destination scored extremely well in terms of happiness and desirability. Analysts also deemed the Fort Myers area as a relatively affordable location for those in their retirement years.
It surely doesn’t hurt to spend your free time relaxing on the sand, boating or fishing. Along with the nearby sand and water, the website also pointed out the city’s many cultural offerings, its restaurants, and the uniqueness of the vibrant River District.
Not surprisingly, Florida’s affordable homes, its high ratings in terms of desirability and happiness and its low taxes helped propel several of the state’s metro areas to the top 25. Sarasota took the number one spot, which is the same spot Fort Myers occupied last year.
Port St Lucie came in at an admirable number three for 2021, followed by Naples at number four, Ocala at number six and Miami at number nine. Melbourne, Florida rounded out the list of the top 10.