Atlanta makes U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Retire list

by Liz Hughes

Atlanta has been named one of the best places to retire by U.S. News & World Report.

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Places to Retire list analyzed 150 of the country’s largest metros to determine how well they meet both retirement needs and expectations. Atlanta ranked No. 90 in the rankings which also stated the city is “among the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas for years, the Georgia capital is attracting newcomers from around the country, and people are looking to this part of the country for culture and commerce.” Sarasota, Fla. ranked No. 1 on the list. 

Atlanta received an overall score of 6.7 out of 10. Its desirability ranking was 6.6. The city ranked 6.9 for value, 7.2 for its job market, 5.9 for quality of life and 7.1 for net migration.

Atlanta wasn’t the only Georgia community on the 2021 list. Savannah also made the rankings.

Savannah took the No. 95 spot with an overall score of 6.5. It was rated 7.2 for desirability, 6.2 for value, 6.4 for its job market, 6.2for quality of life and 6.9 for net migration. 

Top criteria in this year’s Best Place to Retire list included the happiness of residents, housing affordability, tax rates and quality of health care.

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