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The best US cities for retirement

Key Points
  • A new list by — a housing referral service — ranks the best places to spend your golden years.
  • One city has the most sunny days per year. Another, no state or local sales tax.
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Want to retire in the city with the most sunny days per year? Or one with no state or local sales tax?

A new list by — a housing referral service — ranks the best locations to spend your golden years. The site focused on midsize cities, since "most retirees prefer less-crowded places but still want a variety of resources available."

The site ranked the destinations by several factors: share of seniors in the area, available social activities, weather, senior communities, health-care quality, number of hospitals and pharmacies and, of course, cost of living.

1. Coral Springs, Florida

Coral Springs, Florida.
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Expect idyllic weather and beaches in Coral Springs — and no state income tax.

The city, less than a 30-minute drive from Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, is considered "one of the safest" nationwide, according to It boasts more than 50 parks.

More than 10% of city residents are older than 65.

2. Glendale, Arizona

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The Phoenix-area suburb has more sunny days per year than any other U.S. city, according to The city offers lots of opportunities for golfing, parks and other outdoor activities.

There are six designated senior community centers in Glendale, where 11% of residents are over age 65.

3. Eugene, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon.
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Eugene is about an hour away from Oregon's coast. More than 15% of the city's population is over 65, according to

Expect Saturday markets, organic farms, festivals, museums and a plethora of higher education opportunities.

The city offers a half-dozen senior community centers and more than 50 senior living facilities.

Another perk: no state or local sales tax.

4. Provo, Utah

Provo, Utah.
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Provo, in north-central Utah, offers plenty of chances for recreational activities and museum trips.

And foodies take note: "Provo has outstanding cuisine ranging from casual eateries to award winning ethnic specialties," according to the site.

Seniors make up around 6% of Provo's population.

5. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Cedar Rapids has more than 70 parks and offers low housing costs, according to

The city is rich in culture, with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the National Czech & Slovak Museum, the Paramount Theatre, the African-American Historical Museum and the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance.

Seniors make up more than 14% of the population in the city.

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