Best Places

Forbes Best Places to Retire in each State

These home prices are from 2018

State Rank City Population Median Home Price
Alabama Best Auburn 63,000 $245,000
Alabama Runner Up Gulf Shores 11,000 $251,000
Alaska Best Homer 6,000 $280,000
Alaska Runner Up Anchorage 300,000 $337,000
Arizona Best Green Valley 32,000 $175,000
Arizona Runner Up Sun City 40,000 $167,000
Arkansas Best Bella Vista 28,000 $163,000
Arkansas Runner Up Fayetteville 85,000 $207,000
California Best Sacramento 500,000 $317,000
California Runner Up Eureka 27,000 $256,000
Colorado Best Colorado Springs 465,000 $276,000
Colorado Runner Up Fort Collins 165,000 $379,000
Connecticut Best Mansfield 26,000 $236,000
Connecticut Runner Up Middletown 47,000 $179,000
Delaware Best Newark 33,000 $228,000
Delaware Runner Up Smyrna 11,000 $223,000
Florida Best Jacksonville 880,000 $165,000
Florida Runner Up The Villages 115,000 $260,000
Georgia Best Athens 125,000 $171,000
Georgia Runner Up Savannah 147,000 $128,000
Hawaii Best Kaneohe 35,000 $828,000
Hawaii Runner Up Honolulu 355,000 $630,000
Idaho Best Lewiston 33,000 $211,000
Idaho Runner Up Boise 223,000 $263,000
Illinois Best Alton 27,000 $60,000
Illinois Runner Up Naperville 147,000 $392,000
Indiana Best Bloomington 85,000 $176,000
Indiana Runner Up Columbus 47,000 $147,000
Iowa Best Iowa City 75,000 $220,000
Iowa Runner Up Ames 66,000 $183,000
Kansas Best Lawrence 95,000 $193,000
Kansas Runner Up Overland Park 190,000 $302,000
Kentucky Best Lexington 318,000 $177,000
Kentucky Runner Up Bowling Green 65,000 $177,000
Louisiana Best Kenner 67,000 $160,000
Louisiana Runner Up Lafayette 128,000 $163,000
Maine Best Portland 67,000 $301,000
Maine Runner Up Lewiston 36,000 $141,000
Maryland Best Ocean Pines 12,000 $246,000
Maryland Runner Up Annapolis 40,000 $419,000
Massachusetts Best Northampton 28,000 $285,000
Massachusetts Runner Up Pittsfield 43,000 $160,000
Michigan Best Grand Rapids 196,000 $152,000
Michigan Runner Up Traverse City 15,000 $248,000
Minnesota Best Minneapolis-St. Paul 716,000 $236,000
Minnesota Runner Up Rochester 114,000 $216,000
Mississippi Best Oxford 23,000 $187,000
Mississippi Runner Up Brandon 24,000 $184,000
Missouri Best Columbia 120,000 $179,000
Missouri Runner Up Jefferson City 43,000 $153,000
Montana Best Billings 110,000 $223,000
Montana Runner Up Great Falls 59,000 $189,000
Nebraska Best Lincoln 280,000 $176,000
Nebraska Runner Up Omaha 445,000 $167,000
Nevada Best Reno 240,000 $355,000
Nevada Runner Up Henderson 293,000 $314,000
New Hampshire Best Portsmouth 21,000 $438,000
New Hampshire Runner Up Durham 30,000 $288,000
New Jersey Best Manchester Township 44,000 $180,000
New Jersey Runner Up Voorhees 30,000 $288,000
New Mexico Best Las Cruces 102,000 $164,000
New Mexico Runner Up Santa Fe 84,000 $349,000
New York Best Ithaca 31,000 $242,000
New York Runner Up Rochester 210,000 $73,000
North Carolina Best Asheville 90,000 $275,000
North Carolina Runner Up Boone 19,000 $223,000
North Dakota Best Fargo 212,000 $225,000
North Dakota Runner Up Bismarck 72,000 $271,000
Ohio Best Sandusky 25,000 $69,000
Ohio Runner Up Parma 80,000 $118,000
Oklahoma Best Edmond 91,000 $222,000
Oklahoma Runner Up Owasso 36,000 $180,000
Oregon Best McMinnville 35,000 $308,000
Oregon Runner Up Redmond 30,000 $286,000
Pennsylvania Best Pittsburgh 304,000 $145,000
Pennsylvania Runner Up Bethlehem 75,000 $164,000
Rhode Island Best Westerly 23,000 $329,000
Rhode Island Runner Up Providence 180,000 $204,000
South Carolina Best Charleston 138,000 $311,000
South Carolina Runner Up Bluffton 19,000 $264,000
South Dakota Best Sioux Falls 174,000 $184,000
South Dakota Runner Up Pierre 13,000 $210,000
Tennessee Best Smyrna 49,000 $219,000
Tennessee Runner Up Maryville 29,000 $177,000
Texas Best San Marcos 61,000 $208,000
Texas Runner Up San Antonio 1,490,000 $168,000
Utah Best Salt Lake City 194,000 $366,000
Utah Runner Up Ogden 87,000 $194,000
Vermont Best Burlington 42,000 $300,000
Vermont Runner Up Brattleboro 12,000 $202,000
Virginia Best Roanoke 100,000 $148,000
Virginia Runner Up Harrisonburg 53,000 $199,000
Washington Best Wenatchee 33,000 $278,000
Washington Runner Up Vancouver 175,000 $309,000
West Virginia Best Huntington 48,000 $80,000
West Virginia Runner Up Morgantown 31,000 $184,000
Wisconsin Best Madison 253,000 $252,000
Wisconsin Runner Up Eau Claire 68,000 $162,000
Wyoming Best Casper 60,000 $201,000
Wyoming Runner Up Laramie 32,000 $228,000

College Towns

Source - Great College Towns for Retirement

Some of these are interesting that I haven't thought of but most of the others I have looked at. A little interesting.

State/City College or University


Auburn Auburn University
Tuscaloosa University of Alabama


Flagstaff Northern Arizona University
Tempe Arizona State University


Fayetteville University of Arkansas


Arcata Humboldt State University
Berkeley University of California - Berkeley
Chico California State University, Chico
Davis University of California, Davis
La Jolla University of California at San Diego
San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic State University
Santa Cruz University of California at Santa Cruz


Alamosa Adams State College
Boulder University of Colorado - Boulder
Durango Fort Lewis College
Fort Collins Colorado State University
Grand Junction Mesa State College
Greeley University of Northern Colorado


New Haven Yale University
Southern Connecticut State University
Albertus Magnus College


Gainesville University of Florida
Tallahassee Florida State University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University


Athens University of Georgia
Statesboro Georgia Southern University


Boise, Idaho Boise State University
Moscow University of Idaho


Urbana University of Illinois


Bloomington Indiana University


Ames Iowa State University
Iowa City University of Iowa


Hays Fort Hays State University
Lawrence University of Kansas
Manhattan Kansas State University


Lexington, Kentucky University of Kentucky


Natchitoches Northwestern State University
Louisiana Scholars’ College


Brunswick Bowdoin College
Portland University of Southern Maine


Salisbury Salisbury University


Amherst Amherst College
University of Massachusetts
Hampshire College
Northampton Smith College
South Hadley Mount Holyoke College
Williamstown Williams College


Ann Arbor University of Michigan
Concordia University Ann Arbor


Hattiesburg University of Southern Mississippi
Oxford University of Mississippi
Starkville Mississippi State University


Columbia University of Missouri - Columbia
Stephens College
Columbia College
Rolla University of Missouri - Rolla


Bozeman Montana State University
Missoula University of Montana

New Hampshire

Hanover Dartmouth College

New Jersey

Princeton Princeton University

New Mexico

Las Cruces New Mexico State University
Las Vegas New Mexico Highlands University

New York

Binghamton Binghampton University
Ithaca Cornell University
Ithaca College
New Paltz State University of New York at New Paltz
Oneonta State University of New York College at Oneonta
Hartwick College
Stony Brook Stone Brook University
State University of New York

North Carolina

Asheville University of North Carolina - Asheville
Boone Appalachian State University
Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Davidson Davidson College
Durham Duke University
North Carolina Central University
Greenville East Carolina University
Raleigh North Carolina State University

North Dakota

Bismark University of Mary


Norman University of Oklahoma


Ashland Southern Oregon University
Corvallis Oregon State University
Eugene University of Oregon
La Grande Eastern Oregon University
Salem Willamette University


State College Pennsylvania State University

South Carolina

Aiken University of South Carolina at Aiken
Charleston College of Charleston
Charleston Southern University
University of South Carolina
Clemson Clemson University
Columbia University of South Carolina at Columbia
Benedict College
Columbia College
Conway Coastal Carolina University

South Dakota

Brookings South Dakota State University


Murfreesboro Middle Tennessee State University


Austin University of Texas
Nacogdoches Stephen F. Austin State University
San Marcos Texas State University


Cedar City Southern Utah University
Provo City Brigham Young University
Orem Utah Valley State College
St. George Dixie University


Burlington University of Vermont
Burlington College
Champlain College
Middlebury Middlebury College


Charlottesville University of Virginia
Harrisonburg James Madison University
Eastern Mennonite University
Williamsburg College of William and Mary


Bellingham Western Washington University
Ellensburg Central Washington University
Pullman Washington State University

West Virginia

Morgantown West Virginia University


Madison University of Wisconsin
Edgewood College
Menomonie University of Wisconsin - Stout

WalletHub Best Small Cities in America

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