The relative low cost of housing, low taxes and the area’s quality of life help make the Bradenton area the 19th best place in the U.S., and the sixth best in Florida, to retire.
The 2016 survey, from ValuePenguin.com, a personal finance website, was based on 24 data points from nine sources.
Out of 200 metropolitan areas survey, Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port ranked No. 9 for housing and taxes; 28th for quality of life; 96th for health care and safety; and 160th for travel and leisure.
Overall, Bradenton came in at No. 19, between Reno, Nev., at No. 18, and Columbia, S.C., on the list of the “friendliest places for the oldest people.”
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Other Florida areas in the Top 25 overall were Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin at No. 1; Jacksonville (5); Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (7); Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent (10); and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach (13).
Others in the Top 10 nationally were Fort Collins, Colo. (2); San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, Calif. (3); Prescott, Ariz. (4); Boise, Idaho (6); Santa Rosa, Calif. (8); and the Denver area (9)
The bottom five places were the Buffalo, N.Y. area (196); Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Toledo, Ohio; and Rockford, Ill.
For a more detailed look at the survey, visit ValuePenguin.com.