New List Ranks Santa Barbara as Best Place to Retire

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From beaches to mountains to deserts, the list reflects the breadth of options today’s active seniors are considering

November 06, 2015
New List Ranks Santa Barbara as Best Place to Retire

View from Santa Barbara's courthouse tower looking east. Photo: Phottopippo/Wikimedia Commons

When factoring in affordability and quality health care, cost of living, retiree friendly businesses and services, and options for an active lifestyle in retirement, Santa Barbara, Calif., is number one.

The new list comes out of Livability.com, who use all the indicators mentioned above to select 10 U.S. cities to retire to. “As the aging population grows and diversifies, so will their ideas of ideal retirement,” writes Matt Carmichael, editor at Livability.com.

Other places that took top spots are Sarasota, Fla.; Plano, Texas; Tacoma, Wash.; and Carson City, Nev.

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