If you’re approaching retirement age, Fort Myers is the place to be. The city was just named the top place in the nation to retire by U.S. News & World Report.
The publication considers Fort Myers number one when it comes to its list of the “Best Places to Retire in the U.S. 2020”. It used six indexes to come up with the ranking, including desirability, health care quality, happiness, housing affordability, retiree taxes and the job market.
Fort Myers received an overall score of 7.6 out of 10. With a population of around 700,000 residents, Fort Myers has a low unemployment rate.
The median age is 47.8, with about one-fourth of residents over the age of 65. The median home price in Fort Myers is around $219,000. Fort Myers is home to a number of active adult communities catering to residents aged 55 and older.
While that price point may be more attractive than other parts of the country, U.S. News does point out that home prices are rising and are expected to continue. Of course, being in Florida, Fort Myers residents do not have to worry about state income taxes and apart from transportation, many everyday expenses are more affordable in Fort Myers.
The nearly year-round sunshine doesn’t hurt either. Fort Myers residents are treated to warm temperatures and an array of things to do, see and explore.
This includes things like a performing arts hall, theaters, parks and beaches. Boating and fishing are no doubt popular pastimes, plus there’s also the opportunity to catch some of baseball’s spring training or to head out and enjoy the popular Fort Myers River District.
U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas to come up with its list of the best places to live and retire. Fort Myers wasn’t the only Florida city to make the list.
Sarasota took the number two spot. Port St Lucie came in at number five and Jacksonville took the sixth spot on the list.