- June 3, 2016
Florida's reputation as a top state for attracting retirees has a little more swagger.
A recent study from SmartAsset, a financial technology company, says Florida is home to four of the Top 10 retirement cities in the United States. SmartAsset, to determine the Top 10, created a 100-point index that rated each city by its tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, availability of medical care and more.
The four nationally ranked cities in Florida — ranked third through sixth overall, in order — are Naples, Inverness, Stuart and Brooksville, the study shows. Wasilla, Alaska and Palmer, Alaska are the first and second ranked cities on the national list.
Florida's Top 10 list is dominated by the east coast, but Naples, the only Gulf Coast city to be named to the statewide version of the list, took the top spot. Naples had the state's highest rating in each of the following categories: doctors' offices per 1,000 people; recreation centers per 1,000 people; retirement centers per 1,000 people; and total percent of seniors, the study shows.