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Alpharetta, Roswell crack Top 100 best places to retire

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1.Chesterfield, Mo.

2.Leawood, Kan.

3.Naples, Fla.

4.Prairie Village, Kan.

5.Scottsdale, Ariz.

6.Aiken, S.C.

7.Matthews, N.C.

8.Germantown, Tenn.

9.Madison, Miss.

10.Brentwood, Tenn.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Empty nesters can rejoice. Alpharetta and Roswell have been named among America’s best places to retire by GoodCall, a data-collection service providing information to consumers.

GoodCall reviewed data from 1,662 cities nationwide to draw rankings based on a number of retirement-focused metrics, such as percentage of residents 65 and older, access to healthcare, healthcare affordability, weather, amenities and low crime rates.

Alpharetta ranked No. 78 on the list with Roswell coming in at No. 90.

Woodstock, at No. 60, ranked highest among north Atlanta cities. Peachtree City took top honors in the state, coming in at No. 28.

The study found certain traits among cities when considering retirement:

Top cities tended to be smaller. The top 10 percent of cities averaged about 45,000 residents, while the bottom 10 percent averaged more than 96,000.

Top cities tend to have many more homeowners. In the top 10 percent, an average of 68 percent of residents are homeowners. Only about 48 percent of residents are homeowners, on average, in the bottom 10 percent.

Health care costs are lower in top cities. While some of the top cities tend to be areas with slightly higher cost of living, they also tend to have lower costs for health care than those cities near the bottom. Cities in the top 10 percent tend to have health costs about 5 percent below the national average. The bottom 10 percent of cities averaged about 5 percent higher than the national cost.

Top cities tend to attract older residents. The top 10 percent of cities averaged about 13 percent growth in population of people age 65 and older. The lowest tier averaged less than 5 percent growth, around the national average.

Populous coastal areas tend to be ranked lower. Very few of the top cities were in New England, Texas, or the northern Pacific regions. Instead, top cities were spread throughout the South and Midwest.

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