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Here is a comparison of city quality of life facts and figures for the best places to retire in the U.S. Compare home prices, cost of living, air quality, medical care, water quality, demographics and more.


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City Type
City Type Lakes & Rivers, College Town Lakes & Rivers, College Town Lakes & Rivers, College Town Mountains, College Town Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, College Town, State Capital na
Population (2016 est.)
Population (Current) 123,371 104,798 150,287 465,101 51,202 78,040
Population (1990) na 75,450 75,494 281,140 33,840 49,272
Land Area (sq mi) 116 54 98 195 18 36
Persons Per Square Mile 1,064 1,941 1,534 2,385 2,845 2,151
Home Prices
2018 $212,339 $207,745 $181,200 $309,702 $331,015 $419,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '18) 50.2% 77.1% 78.7% 58.9% 109.5% 76.0%
Annual Appreciation ('17 to '18) 8.9% -8.8% 5.2% 8.5% 15.8% 6.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '18) 2.7% 3.9% 3.9% 3.0% 4.8% 3.8%
Big City Prices ('18) $224,000 $262,000 $263,000 $450,000 $503,000 $340,000
Bargain Index 77% 64% 56% 56% 53% 101%
Big City Atlanta Dallas Nashville Denver Seattle na
Monthly Rent $1,054 $1,168 $1,169 $1,484 $1,629 $1,495
Price/Rent Index 13.5 11.9 10.4 14.0 13.6 19.0
Cost of Living (2018)
Cost of Living 76% 79% 74% 97% 104% 109%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Good Days 63% 87% 69% 77% 83% 72%
Moderate Days 35% 12% 29% 22% 16% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 2% 2% 3% 1% 1% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good 30% 71% 66% 67% na 36%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 0% na 2%
Impaired 70% 29% 35% 33% na 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 26 35 18 36 38 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 70 miles 98 miles 47 miles 0 miles 60 miles 72 miles
City Atlanta Dallas Nashville Colorado Springs Seattle na
Recreation
National Parks 6 0 5 4 5 7
National Campgrounds 68 27 45 59 29 26
State Parks 14 8 12 6 9 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 4 7 3 8 3 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2016 115 305 788 3,526 185 346
2015 89 279 688 2,939 124 324
Gain ('15 to '16) 29% 9% 15% 20% 49% 6%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 26 33 29 35 38 37
White 61.8% 60.5% 65.6% 78.8% 83.7% 80.7%
Black or African American 26.6% 24.8% 23.3% 6.3% 2.0% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2% 0.5% 0.6% 1.0% 1.1% 0.8%
Asian 4.2% 1.9% 2.3% 3.0% 6.0% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2%
Other Race 5.0% 10.3% 2.8% 5.5% 1.8% 4.4%
Multiple Races 2.2% 2.0% 5.1% 5.1% 5.0% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 10.5% 21.2% 9.3% 16.1% 6.3% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $51,397 $54,547 $52,708 $66,938 $71,029 $69,596
Occupied Housing 89% 91% 90% 93% 94% 83%
Vacant Housing 11% 9% 10% 7% 6% 17%
Home Ownership 42% 53% 56% 60% 50% 55%
Persons Per Family 3.00 3.10 3.10 3.00 2.80 2.90
Taxes (2018)
Local and State 7.2% 8.2% 9.5% 7.5% 9.2% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 99 days 104 days 95 days 106 days 109 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Temperate & Humid Cool & Dry Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 33 F 38 F 25 F 14 F 32 F 27 F
July High Temp 90 F 94 F 90 F 81 F 76 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 48 in 45 in 55 in 22 in 51 in 35 in
Elevation 800 ft 550 ft 382 ft 7,078 ft 206 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Lower Lower Lower Moderate Higher Moderate
Earthquake .3% .2% 1% .5% 50% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 20-40 0 0 0 0 10
Flood Low Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High
Tornado Low Moderate Low Low Very Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk High Ash Fall No Risk
Wildfire Low Low Low High Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 3 0 0 0 0 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Violent Crimes 39 57 66 49 33 40
Property Crimes 463 488 361 430 498 397
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 2,861 1,958 4,058 7,464 5,531 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 1,785 2,521 1,512 182 97 1,253
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