Mapping out the best and worst cities for retirees ranked 200 cities of varying sizes based on quality of life factors
  • Arlington and Alexandria were ranked by Bankrate as the top two best cities to retire.
  • The 10 worst places to retire was dominated by West and East coast cities.
  • Cities were ranked by cost of living, crime, well-being, walkability, taxes, healthcare, weather and culture.

The thought of retirees moving to states filled with sunshine after kids move out and the house gets empty is a common one — but not everyone is built for California or Florida. Yes, both states remain popular destinations for the 55-plus crowd, but according to a recent report from, some of the best places to retire are small- to mid-sized cities like Franklin, Tennessee and West Des Moines, Iowa.