As you approach retirement age, you’re probably looking for places to live that fit your lifestyle but also provide a sense of security. Wherever you call home, you’ll want to feel safe while living within your means.
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GOBankingRates researched the safest places to retire, then looked at how affordable they are. Here are the 15 safest places to retire that won’t drain your savings.
15. Sarasota, Florida
Imagine relaxing on the beaches of the Florida coast without worry. This is what living in Sarasota is all about. Your annual cost of living in Sarasota is about $53,653, of which $11,872 is spent on housing.
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14. Port St. Lucie, Florida
When it comes to places to retire, you know that Florida has a lot to offer. Port St. Lucie is home to the New York Mets’ spring training, so you can watch games in the off-season. The annual cost of living in Port St. Lucie is $52,505.99, of which $10,272 goes toward your annual housing costs.
13. Fort Myers, Florida
Another Florida city that promises both safety and affordability, Fort Myers is home to beautiful white sand beaches. Plan to set aside $773,837 in savings for a comfortable retirement here. The annual cost of living in Fort Myers is $50,524.
12. Melbourne, Florida
Another Florida city you can safely call home. Known as The Harbor City, Melbourne offers many beaches, fishing spots and golf courses. The annual cost of living is $49,221.10, with housing accounting for about $9,867 of that amount.
11. Bella Vista, AR
Bella Vista’s motto is literally “A place to call home”, so why not? There are tons of hiking trails and golf courses to enjoy, as well as a thriving farmers market. You’ll need about $721,696 in savings to retire in Bella Vista.
10. Lancaster, PA
Interestingly, Lancaster is home to one of the oldest Amish communities in the country. Many tourists come for something a little more relaxed. Expect to spend $47,604 a year on living expenses. As for medical expenses, health care will cost about $7,887 per year for the average retiree.
9. Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland is part of the Tampa Bay area and, as the name suggests, offers plenty of lakes to see. The annual cost of living in Lakeland is $46,040. Plan to spend $7,873 of that on housing.
8. Pensacola, Florida
Pensacola offers parks for the grandkids to visit as well as tons of outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and boating. The annual cost of living in Pensacola is $45,466. If you want to retire in Pensacola, plan to have about $647,395 in the bank.
7. Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach is perhaps best known as the center of the world for racing, so if you love fast cars, this is the place to be. Daytona Beach also offers, you guessed it, beaches, as well as hiking trails, golf and fishing. The annual cost of living is $45,206. An apartment is about $6,928 of that.
6. Brookings, SD
If Florida isn’t your scene, consider Brookings. The town is home to South Dakota State University and offers tons of family activities to take part in when your grandchildren visit. Plan to save about $605,682 for retirement here.
5. Ocala, Florida
Ocala is home to many museums and lakes for you to explore. The annual cost of living is $43,798, and it’s reasonable to have about $605,682 in savings for a comfortable retirement here.
4. Mobile, AL
Mobile is home to many historic sites as well as the Mardi Gras festival, which is known to get pretty interesting. The annual cost of living in Mobile is $43,224. Health care will cost the average retiree about $8,204 a year.
3. Green Bay, WI
If you are a Packers fan, you can move to their hometown and enjoy a safe city with lots of entertainment. Plus, you’ll enjoy being one of the gorgeous Lake Michigan towns. Plan to save $557,452 for retirement in Green Bay.
2. North Chicago, IL
One of Chicago’s suburbs, North Chicago, offers everything the city does, but at a fraction of the cost and enhanced safety. The annual cost of living in North Chicago is $41,034, and you can plan to set aside $536,595 in retirement savings here.
1. Charleston, IL
The safest and most affordable place to retire is Charleston, IL. Enjoy Lake Charleston and take in all it has to offer on one of its many trails. The cost of living is the lowest on this list at $36,915 per year.
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