Scottsdale, Arizona, ranked among the top three places to retire in the U.S. according to a recent study by financial website Wallethub.
Scottsdale ranked third behind two Florida cities: Orlando finished in the top spot with Tampa close behind.
Scottsdale place first for its’ “Quality of Life” and “Activities,” two of the four categories that Wallethub used to rank cities across the country. The other categories were “Healthcare” and “Affordability.”
Across all categories, Scottsdale’s combined score was 58.35 putting it just above Charleston, South Carolina, at 58.30.
The average age of those entering retirement in 2019 is 65. That is up from 60 years old in 1995.
Scottsdale also sat in the top five for “Highest percentage of Population 65 and Older” and “Best ‘Mild Weather’” categories.
When asked if attracting retirees should be a focus of local governments, Christa M. Yantis adjunct instructor at The Citadel, and a partner at Moss & Yantis CPA, said “I don’t think it would hurt. The elderly do require more care than younger individuals and there is a job market for those who provide services to the elderly (financial management services; health care; social assistance, etc.) These added jobs would help contribute to the local economy.”
Scottsdale was not the only Arizona city to make the list. Tempe ranked 35th while Tucson followed in the 36th spot. Further down the list was Peoria at 52nd and Gilbert at 53rd.
Phoenix ranked 90th and Mesa 99th of the 182 cities on the list.