Scottsdale AZ Ranked Second Place For Best City To Retire In US

Dated: September 4 2015

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Scottsdale, AZ has been long known as a great place for second home buyers and vacation home buyers to retire, but has now been made official by  WalletHub ranked Scottsdale as #2 in the country for The Best City To Retire out of their top ranked 150 cities!  Scottsdale wasn't alone for Arizona cities, in fact they placed 8 other Arizona cities on the list.  Others that ranked for Best Places To Retire in America were Peoria, AZ (#10), Mesa, AZ (#11), Tucson, AZ (#29), Tempe, AZ (#33), Gilbert, AZ (#45), Chandler, AZ (#49), Phoenix, AZ (#63), and Glendale, AZ (#66).  Quite impressive that not only did 9 of our wonderful cities make the list, but 7 of them were in the top 50!

Second only to Tampa, FL, it is not a total surprise to us that know Scottsdale well.  Whether it is spending a night out in Old Town, golfing one of our dozens of courses, or heading to Talking Stick Resort & Casino for a night of fun, there are a ton of fun activities for retirees to partake in.  Affordability is another huge factor, especially when you look at housing affordability in Scottsdale.  Having worked with a long list of clients who purchased a second home or retirement home in Scottsdale, we at Dwellings Realty Group know that Heath Care is another large factor that gets taken into account.  Luckily, Scottsdale has some of the best health care services in the valley or even the country.  Quality of life was also taken into account, and since our weather is a huge attraction to folks looking for the best place to retire, the quality life here in the fall, winter, and spring months always keeps a smile on our retirement client's faces.

The full article from WalletHub can be found here, and we included their infographic and their full list of metrics below:

Source: WalletHub

When evaluating the data to decide how cities should be ranked, making a city a top contender for best place to retire had to include 24 key metrics.  There were four main categories that included Affordability, Activities, Quality of Life, and Healthcare, which were then broken down into subcategories and given weight.  Here is the full list of metrics (courtesey of

Affordability – Weight: 5

  • Adjusted Cost of Living: Full Weight

  • WalletHub ‘Taxpayer’ Ranking: Half* Weight

  • Annual Cost of In-Home Services: Half Weight

Activities – Weight: 5

  • Number of Recreation & Senior Centers per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight

  • Number of Fishing Facilities per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight

  • Number of Hiking Facilities per 100,000 Residents: Half Weight

  • Number of Public Golf Courses per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight

  • Availability of Adult Volunteer Activities: Full Weight

  • WalletHub ‘Recreation’ Ranking: Full Weight

Quality of Life – Weight: 5

  • Percentage of the Population Aged 65 & Older: Full Weight

  • Elderly-Friendly Labor Market: Full Weight

  • WalletHub ‘Mild Weather’ Ranking: Double Weight

  • Violent Crime Rate: Full Weight

  • Property Crime Rate: Full Weight

  • Air Quality: Half Weight

  • Water Quality: Half Weight

Health Care – Weight: 5

  • Number of Family and General Physicians per 10,000 Residents: Full Weight

  • Number of Dentists per 10,000 Residents: Half Weight

  • Number of Nurses per 1,000 Residents: Full Weight

  • Number of Health Care Facilities per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight

  • Public Hospitals Ranking: Full* Weight

  • Emotional Health: Full Weight

  • Number of Home-Care Facilities per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight

  • Death Rate for People Aged 65 & Older: Full* Weight

If you haven't visited Scottsdale yet and are looking for the best place to retire for you, or simply are looking for a winter home to visit once you enter retirement, please feel free to reach out to us.  We have helped many Scottsdale home buyers purchase a home or condo in Scottsdale as their retirement home and would love to pass on our experience to you.  You can reach us at (480) 629-8136 or email us at


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