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BEST PLACES TO RETIRE TOP 10


Clarksville, Tennessee and Tyler, Texas top the list of the best places to retire in the U.S. See below to find out which of our 99 great places cracked the top ten ranking.

Click on any city link below to see detailed quality of life data, a city profile and real estate blogs. Scroll down the page to find top retirement cities that match your priorities at our Top Cities lists.


Clarksville, TN
To the Clarksville, TN City Report
Ranks high in: Home Prices, Building Permit Growth, Water Quality, Taxes, Diversity
Population: 142,357
City Type: College Town, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Local Resources:
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Tyler, TX
To the Tyler, TX City Report
Ranks high in: Water Quality, Medical Care, Diversity
Population: 100,223
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, College Town
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
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Athens, GA
To the Athens, GA City Report
Ranks high in: Population Age, Nearest Big City, Diversity, Recreation
Population: 119,980
City Type: College Town
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
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Bowling Green, KY
To the Bowling Green, KY City Report
Ranks high in: Home Prices, Taxes, Nearest Big City
Population: 61,488
City Type: College Town, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Local Resources:
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Columbia, SC
To the Columbia, SC City Report
Ranks high in: Home Prices, Big City Home Price Comparison, Population Growth, Population Density, Taxes, Medical Care, Diversity
Population: 133,358
City Type: College Town, Lakes & Rivers, State Capital
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
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San Marcos, TX
To the San Marcos, TX City Report
Ranks high in: Building Permit Growth, Water Quality, Population Age
Population: 54,076
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, College Town, Texas Hill Country
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
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Iowa City, IA
To the Iowa City, IA City Report
Ranks high in: Home Prices, Population Growth, Building Permit Growth, Water Quality, Population Age, Natural Hazard Risk
Population: 71,591
City Type: College Town, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Cool & Wet
Local Resources:
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Gainesville, FL
To the Gainesville, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Home Prices, Building Permit Growth, Air Quality, Population Age, Home Energy Use, Nearest Big City, Diversity
Population: 127,488
City Type: College Town, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
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Boulder, CO
To the Boulder, CO City Report
Ranks high in: Family Income, Natural Hazard Risk, Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear), Recreation
Population: 103,166
City Type: College Town, Mountains
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
Local Resources:
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Reno, NV
To the Reno, NV City Report
Ranks high in: Taxes, Medical Care, Recreation
Population: 233,294
City Type: Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town, Casinos
Climate Type: Temperate & Dry
Local Resources:
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(To see quality of life category ranks for the Top 10 Cities Click Here.)


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In the final analysis, any one of these locations is an outstanding place to call your home for those retirement years.




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