U.S. News and World Report's results for 2020 are in.

By Southern Living
October 10, 2019
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It's that time of year again: U.S. News and World Report has released its annual list of the Best Places to Retire in the U.S.. Topping the rankings for 2020? The Southwest Florida jewel of Fort Myers. To determine their rankings, the outlet considered the 125 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, and analyzed cities across six metrics: housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, job market, and healthcare quality.

The City of Palms is alluring for retirees for a variety of reasons, with U.S. News highlighting "its small-town heritage," "charming downtown," and plenty of things to do ranging from shelling on nearby Sanibel and Captiva islands to scoping out local museums and art galleries.

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In addition to cinching the number one spot for the best places to retire, Fort Myers secured the #35 slot for the outlet's Best Places to Live list. Other Southern cities in the Best Places to Retire list include Sarasota (#2), Asheville (#4), Port St. Lucie (#5), Jacksonville (#6), Winston-Salem (#7), Nashville (#8), and Dallas-Fort Worth (#10).

Where do you think the best place to retire is? In the South, check out our list of the best retirement towns.

See you on those picturesque beaches of Fort Myers.

This article originally appeared on Southern Living by Perri Ormont Blumberg.



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