Boston makes U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Retire list

by Liz Hughes

Boston has been named one of the best places to retire by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Places to Retire list analyzed 150 of the country’s largest metros to determine how well they meet both retirement needs and expectations. Boston ranked No. 43 in the rankings which also stated the city “often feels like a small town with all the perks of city life.” Sarasota, Fla. ranked No. 1 on the list. 

Beantown received an overall score of 6.9 out of 10. Its desirability ranking was 7.8. The city ranked 5.6 for value, 7.9 for its job market, 7.1 for quality of life and 6.2 for net migration.

Boston wasn’t the only Massachusetts town on the 2021 list. Both Worcester and Springfield also made the rankings.

Worcester took the No. 35 spot with an overall score of 6.5. It was rated 5.6 for desirability, 6.5 for value, 6.7 for its job market, 7.1 for quality of life and 6.1 for net migration. 

Springfield was ranked 31st and had an overall score of 6.2. It was rated 6.1 for desirability, 5.7 for value, 6.3 for its job market, 7 for quality of life and 5.7 for net migration.

Just an hour north of Boston, Manchester, NH also made the list ranking No. 24. It had an overall ranking of 6.6 and was rated 5.8 for desirability, 6.3 for value, 7.3 for its job market, 7.1 for quality of life and 6.2 for net migration. 

Top criteria in this year’s Best Place to Retire list included the happiness of residents, housing affordability, tax rates and quality of health care.

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