After combing through over 400 cities across the United States, SmartAsset, a personal finance website, came up with a list of the 25 best cities for a “worktirement.”
What exactly is a worktirement? It is exactly what you would expect; it’s when a person isn’t fully retired, but they aren’t working full time either. It exists in the middle ground. Since a person in a worktirement isn’t fully retired, the best place for them to live is not going to be the same as the best place for someone in full retirement. Similarly, as they aren’t working full time either, the best cities are going to differ from those that are best for younger, full time employees.
Although a worktirement is different from a retirement, it may not appear that way when you first look at the list. Florida, the stereotypical retirement state, has four of the top 10 best cities on the list, including Fort Lauderdale in the top spot.
As the Huffington Post reports, Fort Lauderdale took the top spot on the list due to its high number of doctors relative to the population and its large senior population. The city also avoids cold winters and is a great spot for boating enthusiasts.
A Florida city also took the second spot on the list for many of the same reasons as Fort Lauderdale. Pompano Beach also has a thriving senior population and a large amount of health care professionals.
Medford, Oregon, about has far away from Florida as you can get in the contiguous United States, came in third thanks to its low effective tax rate and high number of retirement communities. Winters will be a bit harsher than what you could expect in Florida, but it certainly isn’t as bad as some places in the country.
For the full list of the best states for a working retirement, click the link below.