15 Great Places to Retire Where Health Care is Good – Money Talks News | CarTailz

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In our older years, we often find that health care is more important than ever. We are likely to need doctors, medical services, hospitals, clinics and other medical professionals and it is best to have them nearby for easy access.

In a recent ranking of the best places to retire, WalletHub ranked each of 182 US cities on the factors of health care, quality of life, affordability and things to do for retirees, ranking them on 46 attributes. The cities included the 150 most populous U.S. cities, as well as at least two of the most populous cities in each state.

We only looked at the cities that rank in the top half of WalletHub’s best cities overall and identified those that were also among the best in terms of healthcare access and quality.

Below are great places to retreat to that also have great health care.

15. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis ranks 12th overall out of the 182 cities surveyed. It shines for its general appeal to retirees and ranks 20th in the health care ranking.

Minneapolis – and its neighboring “twin city” St. Paul – are surrounded by lakes. In fact, Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, according to Minnesota Public Radio. So, retirees who love fishing, swimming, picnics, and other types of water fun are sure to enjoy Minneapolis.

14.Lincoln, Nebraska

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Lincoln, the state capital of Nebraska, is ranked #59 overall by WalletHub and #19 in healthcare.

The Lincoln Visitors & Convention Bureau’s Visitor’s Guide lists a variety of musical performances, theater performances, farmers’ markets, festivals, art galleries and exhibitions, sporting events and outdoor recreation opportunities.

13. San Francisco

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The City by the Bay is a hub for medical care, including the highly regarded University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

WalletHub ranked San Francisco sixth overall in its ranking of the best cities to retire. It ranked the city 18th for health care.

It’s expensive to live in San Francisco, but if you have the cash, given its mild climate, rich cultural life, plentiful recreation, and stunning natural setting, there are few better places to retire.

12. Durham, North Carolina

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Durham ranks 76th overall in the survey, and WalletHub ranks 17th for medical supplies.

North Carolina is attractive to retirees in part because the state doesn’t tax Social Security retirement benefits.

Other types of retirement income are taxed at the state’s relatively low, flat income tax rate of 5.25%, according to SmartAsset.

11. Fargo, North Dakota

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A relatively little-known city, Fargo deserves a high overall ranking, No. 26, for its attractiveness to retirees.

Good medical coverage in Fargo matters: WalletHub ranked Fargo 15th for medical coverage out of 182 cities surveyed.

10. Overland Park, Kansas

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If you like farmers markets, you’ll love Overland Park. His market received top honors at the 14th annual America’s Farmers Market Celebration in 2022, receiving the most votes from buyers in a national competition of 7,000 markets.

The market is part of the reason Overland Park shone in WalletHub’s survey. The city ranks 41st overall on the list of best places to retire, ranking 14th for health care and 41st for quality of life. With nearly 200,000 residents, Overland Park is the second largest city in Kansas.

9.Nashua, New Hampshire

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Nashua is ranked 39th overall and ranked 12th by WalletHub for access to and quality of healthcare.

Retirees will enjoy Nashua’s small-town ambiance and proximity – a 45-minute drive – to the culture and amenities of big-city Boston.

8.Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison is a University of Wisconsin-Madison town with a reputation for fun. For two consecutive years, Madison has ranked first in a national habitability survey.

It’s also a great place for the older generation, according to WalletHub, which ranks Madison 11th for healthcare and 22nd for retirees overall.


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Boston, with its abundance of hospitals and outstanding medical services, ranks among the top 10 cities for healthcare in WalletHub’s survey.

WalletHub ranks Beantown 10th for healthcare, but the city only ranks 63rd overall for retirees.

Boston.com blames expensive housing and high utilities and sales taxes for making the city difficult for retirees.

6. Rapid City, South Dakota

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Rapid City receives high honors for healthcare from WalletHub, ranking #9 and #75 out of 182 cities in the Total Life of Retirees survey.

Despite this, the city ranks low in other specific categories: No. 170 for Quality of Life and No. 119 for Activities for Retirees. Housing costs aren’t terrible, but they’re not great, according to WalletHub, which ranked Rapid City 96th for affordable housing.

5. Columbia, Maryland

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Columbia, Maryland, located between Baltimore and Washington, DC, ranks 72nd overall for best and worst places to retire in this survey of 182 US cities.

WalletHub ranks Columbia 8th for healthcare, 21st for quality of life, 108th for activities for retirees, and 150th for affordability.

4. Wilmington, Delaware

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Wilmington hits the right notes for retirees. WalletHub ranks it 8th overall for retirees and 7th for its healthcare. It ranks fairly low for quality of life at 150, but scores better for affordability (53) and activities (20).

TravelAwaits, which targets travelers 50+, recommends Delaware to its audience. The state has no sales tax and a low property tax, the website says, noting Wilmington for “wonderful parks, a zoo and numerous historic areas.”

3. Pittsburgh

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The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are two of the many colleges and universities that make this Pennsylvania location a vibrant city. Pittsburgh ranks 24th overall in WalletHub’s roster.

Pittsburgh earns an impressive #6 for its healthcare. “The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s system is consistently ranked as one of the best healthcare systems in the country,” according to AARP.

WalletHub gives Pittsburgh a relatively low score — No. 137 — for affordability. But others disagree. According to Zillow’s analysis, housing, a key component of a city’s affordability, is relatively affordable there.

Zillow’s Home Value Index lists the “typical” home price in Pittsburgh as about $230,000 in September 2022; At the same time, Zillow listed the nationwide “typical” home price at $358,000.

2. Missoula, Montana

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Missoula meets many requirements for retirees: The hotel is located off Interstate 90 in mountainous western Montana, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and close to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

The University of Montana injects an element of academic rigor and culture, and there is plenty of music, art, and drama. Additionally, WalletHub ranks Missoula 4th in healthcare and 32nd overall for retirees.

But before you pack for Big Sky Country, remember that winter in the Rocky Mountains can be challenging and retirees may find it difficult to get around on foot or in a vehicle during the cold months.

1. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Sioux Falls, ranked 39th overall, was ranked third for healthcare in WalletHub’s report of Best Places for Retirees.

And according to United Van Lines’ 2021 survey, people have been gravitating to South Dakota lately. Mount Rushmore state was the second largest state nationally (behind Vermont) for inbound moves.

In the state, 69% of moves tracked by United Van Lines in 2021 involved people migrating into the state rather than out of it. It was part of a trend, the mover says, with migrants seeking lower-density locations across the country.

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