by Jacki Mick
WalletHub, the self-proclaimed social networking site for your wallet, compiled a list of the best and worst places to retire in the United States, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that Florida dominates the top 10. Tampa grabbed the top spot, followed closely by Orlando (No. 3), St. Petersburg (No. 4), Port St. Lucie (No. 7) and Cape Coral (No. 8).
To determine this list, WalletHub ranked 150 U.S. cities in affordability, jobs, activities, quality of life and healthcare. In these categories, Orlando killed it in activities (No. 2) and affordability (No. 7). For the activities ranking, WalletHub considered access to senior-centric activities like fishing, public golf courses, senior centers, hiking (Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area, represent!) and adult volunteer opportunities. Although it wasn't a consideration in this study, we totally think they should have taken weather into consideration. That probably would have pushed even more Florida cities into the top 10.
However, the City Beautiful did kind of crappy in jobs (No. 98) and quality of life (No. 93). We didn't fare as horribly as those cities who scraped the bottom of the list, though. Providence, Rhode Island, was determined to be the worst place to retire in the U.S., joined in the bottom five by Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York, and Chicago, Illinois.
You can explore WalletHub's interactive map of the rankings below: