Springfield is the best place to retire in Massachusetts, followed by Worcester, Boston, according to US News & World Report
Springfield was named the best place to retire in Massachusetts, on US News & World Report’s latest list which examined the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the country and their ability to meet retirement needs and expectations. .
The main criteria on the list included the happiness of local residents, affordability of housing, tax rates and the quality of health care, according to the report. The main cities on the list include four Florida hotspots, including Sarasota (1), Naples (2), Daytona Beach (3), and Melbourne (4). Lancaster, Pa., Rounds out the top 5.
Here in Massachusetts, Springfield ranked number one. At 31, Springfield has been described as the southern gateway to the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts, a place of natural beauty like hiking trails and not far from cities like New York, Boston and Hartford.
âSpringfield is also the economic center of the region and a university center. Several companies are headquartered in the metro area, including financial services firm Fortune 500 MassMutual, âthe report said. âMeanwhile, higher education institutions like Springfield College and Western New England University welcome students who diversify the city’s population.
Worcester followed closely behind, ranked 35th on the list.
âWith affordable housing, green parks, quality hospitals, and proximity to a dozen highly esteemed colleges and universities, there is a unique vitality to this metropolitan area,â the website read. âWorcester offers an excellent cultural life, including restaurants, concert and theater venues, and the Worcester Art Museum. You might hear locals calling their home ‘Wormtown’, a nod to Worcester’s underground music scene.
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The last city in Massachusetts on the list was the state capital. Boston came in behind Springfield and Worcester, ranked 43rd best place to retire.
âBoston often feels like a small town with all the perks of city living. The metro area features a diverse culinary scene, access to cultural institutions and proximity to world-class schools, employers and healthcare, âwrote US News & World Report. âIt’s historic but constantly evolving. He is at the forefront of medicine and technology, but traditional in his love of hobbies like cheering on hometown heroes at Fenway Park. It is a region of athletes, artists and entrepreneurs.
The study used data from sources such as the US Census Bureau, the FBI, the US Department of Labor and US News’s own internal resources.