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Pensacola was ranked in the top 10 best places to retire rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2021-2022 Best Places to Retire in the United States list Tuesday.
The new list evaluates the country’s 150 most populous metropolitan areas based on how well they meet Americans' expectations for retirement, with measures including housing affordability, health care and overall happiness.
Florida metro areas captured most of the top 10 spots this year. Pensacola, which ranked No. 25 on the list in 2020, jumped up to the No. 10 spot after the addition of air quality and crime factors to the happiness index. Last year, Pensacola was also ranked No. 26 in best places to live and No. 5 in best places to live in Florida.
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Pensacola has seen continued growth as downtown continues to thrive and the Beulah area develops. In the 2020 U.S. Census, the population of Pensacola grew 4.6%
The 2020 Escambia Quality of Life Survey, coordinated by the Pensacola Young Professionals and funded by Quint and Rishy Studer, shows that 63% believe the city of Pensacola is moving in the right direction.
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Sarasota maintained the No. 1 spot despite decreases in health care, housing and happiness scores due to increases in desirability, retiree tax and job market scores. Naples jumped two places to No. 2, while Daytona Beach landed at No. 3. Daytona Beach’s 12-spot jump is largely due to its good air quality and low crime rate.
In 2021, U.S. News & World Report added crime rates and air quality as factors that make up its "happiness index,: as they help measure how content residents are with important aspects of their daily lives. Happiness is the most heavily weighted of the six factors in the 2021-2022 best places to retire methodology, which also includes housing affordability, health care quality, retiree taxes, desirability and job market ratings.
These measures were weighted based on a public survey of individuals across the U.S. who are nearing retirement age (ages 45-59) and those who are of retirement age (60 or older) to find out what matters most when considering where to retire. Data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Sharecare Community Well-Being Index and U.S. News rankings of the Best Hospitals.
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