Santa Barbara Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2015
Annual list identifies and ranks America’s top cities for retirement
As we lead longer, healthier lives, the age 65-and-older population is projected to double to 85 million by 2050. Getting to retirement is the culmination of many decisions and, ideally, a long-standing series of life and financial plans. One of the key questions, of course, is where should you live when you retire? With this in mind, Livability.com has named Santa Barbara one of the Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2015. Santa Barbara offers access to affordable and quality health care, a practical cost of living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as several amenities to help keep residents active.
Our editors started by examining our own survey research to determine which criteria are most important to this generation: exemplary and affordable health-care services, presence of other seniors, ways to become or stay involved in the community, low crime rates, moderate climates and access to golf courses and other outdoor amenities.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Medicare, Esri, NOAA, Walk Score, the EPA and other sources, we crunched the numbers to derive our shortlist. Then our editors selected the Top 10 Best Places to Retire. Using the data as a guide, we chose cities and towns with a range of populations, climates and locales.
“As the aging population grows and diversifies, so will their ideas of ideal retirement,” says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “We wanted our list of Best Places to Retire to reflect the breadth of options today’s active seniors are considering.”
Santa Barbara is home to a large population of residents over age 60, a high concentration of parks and outdoor activities, and an assortment of entertainment options like restaurants, museums, art galleries and performance venues. More than 10 retirement communities and assisted living centers in Santa Barbara provide older adults with a variety of housing accommodations and activities. The idea of waking up each day to views of rolling green hills, the high-reaching Santa Ynez Mountains and the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean appeal to many retirees.
Top 10 Best Places to Retire, 2015
1. Santa Barbara, CA
2. Sarasota, FL
3. Plano, TX
4. Tacoma, WA
5. Carson City, NV
6. Hillsboro, OR
7. Lincoln, NE
8. Charlottesville, VA
9. Rapid City, SD
10. Scottsdale, AZ
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