They’re the usual suspects that pop to mind when people think about retirement spots.
But that’s changing.
SeniorAdvice.com, for example, released its picks of best cities for seniors, and Oklahoma City tops the list.
In making its choices, SeniorAdvice.com looked at 100 variables in four categories, including health and safety (things like access to senior healthcare facilities and quality emergency services), recreation and leisure (amenities and activities that seniors value), finance (home affordability, taxes, and so forth) and quality of life (weather, population density, and environmental health).
Here are its top 10 picks.
1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
2. Austin, Texas
3. Pittsburgh, Pa.
4. Louisville, Ky.
5. Ft. Worth, Texas
6. Richmond, Va.
7. St. Louis, Mo.
8. Omaha, Neb.
9. Cincinnati, Ohio
10. San Antonio, Texas
Other studies and calculators also are suggesting non-traditional retirement cities. Forbes ranks cities by their ability to let you pursue your passions, whether that’s hiking and biking, fine dining or theater.
Billings, Mont., Chapel Hill, N.C., Bend, Ore., and Traverse City, Mich., all made that Forbes list.
And BankRate’s calculator lets you assign importance to several variables – taxes, walkability, community pride, weather, and so forth –and then it generates potential retirement cities. And many of them are huge departures from tradition. Think Des Moines, Iowa, Franklin, Tenn., and Portland, Maine.
So just maybe winters during your golden years will be spent wearing North Face coats, not flip-flops.