It seems that a new “best places to retire” list or ranking is published by someone at least monthly. I find these rankings interesting but not determinative. There are just too many location variables, and too much subjectivity as to the relative importance of each of those variables, for any particular list or ranking to dominate the others. Bankrate’s recent listing of the 15 best cities for retirement was a pleasant surprise to me because three of the top 15 cities are in middle Tennessee, where I live.
Nevertheless, since I sold the “family” home in the suburbs and moved into a townhouse nearer the city center, I have come to appreciate more of what Nashville has to offer. For example, we have a long list of new restaurants to try and my fiance Susan (more about this relationship in a future post) has introduced me to the opera and symphony, among other things.
I actually think it makes a lot of sense to evaluate individual cities as potential retirement destinations rather than look at the states in which the cities are located. For a state as geographically and politically diverse as Tennessee, this is even more important.
Susan was very surprised that the top rated retirement city was Arlington, Virginia. She grew up there and recalls the high cost of living and traffic problems.
In my opinion, a subjective factor that these rankings do not consider is proximity to family. Susan and I are fortunate that four of our five children, and both of our grandchildren, live here. For that reason alone it would be difficult for anything to pull us away.
What are your thoughts about these rankings?