We Ranked the Best Place To Retire in All 50 States

One of the most important factors to consider when getting ready to retire is where you want to settle down. To help you with your search, we've compiled an alphabetized list of the best places to retire in each state.

This Is the Best Place To Retire in All 50 States

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Are you thinking about retirement and wondering what the best places in the US are to retire? We suggest two options in every single state in the United States for retirement. Find out the population in each place and what it costs to buy a home there.

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Alabama

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Best City: Auburn

Population: 63,000

Median Home Price: $245,000

Runner Up: Gulf Shores

Population: 11,000

Median Home Price: $251,000

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Alaska

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Best City: Homer

Population: 6,000

Median Home Price: $280,000

Runner Up: Anchorage

Population: 300,000

Median Home Price: $337,000

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Arizona

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Best City: Green Valley

Population: 32,000

Median Home Price: $175,000

Runner Up: Sun City

Population: 40,000

Median Home Price: $167,000

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Best City: Bella Vista

Population: 28,000

Median Home Price: $163,000

Runner Up: Fayetteville

Population: 85,000

Median Home Price: $207,000

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California

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Best City: Sacramento

Population: 500,000

Median Home Price: $317,000

Runner Up: Eureka

Population: 27,000

Median Home Price: $256,000

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Colorado

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Best City: Colorado Springs

Population: 465,000

Median Home Price: $276,000

Runner Up: Fort Collins

Population: 165,000

Median Home Price: $379,000

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Connecticut

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Best City: Mansfield

Population: 26,000

Median Home Price: $236,000

Runner Up: Middletown

Population: 47,000

Median Home Price: $179,000

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Delaware

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Best City: Newark

Population: 33,000

Median Home Price: $228,000

Runner Up: Smyrna

Population: 11,000

Median Home Price: $223,000

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Florida

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Best City: Jacksonville

Population: 880,000

Median Home Price: $165,00

Runner Up: The Villages

Population: 115,000

Median Home Price: $260,000

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Georgia

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Best City: Athens

Population: 125,000

Median Home Price: $171,000

Runner Up: Savannah

Population: 147,000

Median Home Price: $128,000

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Hawaii

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Best City: Kaneohe

Population: 35,000

Median Home Price: $828,000

Runner Up: Honolulu

Population: 355,000

Median Home Price: $630,000

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Idaho

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Best City: Lewiston

Population: 33,000

Median Home Price: $211,000

Runner Up: Boise

Population: 223,000

Median Home Price: $263,000

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Illinois

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Best City: Alton

Population: 27,000

Median Home Price: $60,000

Runner Up: Naperville

Population: 147,000

Median Home Price: $392,000

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Indiana

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Best City: Bloomington

Population: 85,000

Median Home Price: $176,000

Runner Up: Columbus

Population: 47,000

Median Home Price: $147,000

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Iowa

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Best City: Iowa City

Population: 75,000

Median Home Price: $220,000

Runner Up: Ames

Population: 66,000

Median Home Price: $183,000

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Kansas

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Best City: Lawrence

Population: 95,000

Median Home Price:$193,000

Runner Up: Overland Park

Population: 190,000

Median Home Price: $302,000

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Kentucky

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Best City: Lexington

Population: 318,000

Median Home Price: $177,000

Runner Up: Bowling Green

Population: 65,000

Median Home Price: $177,000

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Louisiana

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Best City: Kenner

Population: 67,000

Median Home Price: $160,000

Runner Up: Lafayette

Population: 128,000

Median Home Price: $163,000

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Maine

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Best City: Portland

Population: 67,000

Median Home Price: $301,000

Runner Up: Lewiston

Population: 36,000

Median Home Price: $141,000

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Maryland

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Best City: Ocean Pines

Population: 12,000

Median Home Price: $246,000

Runner Up: Annapolis

Population: 40,000

Median Home Price: $419,000

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Massachusetts

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Best City: Northampton

Population: 28,000

Median Home Price: $285,000

Runner Up: Pittsfield

Population: 43,000

Median Home Price: $160,000

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Michigan

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Best City: Grand Rapids

Population: 196,000

Median Home Price: $152,000

Runner Up: Traverse City

Population: 15,000

Median Home Price: $248,000

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Minnesota

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Best City: Minneapolis-St. Paul

Population: 716,000

Median Home Price: $236,000

Runner Up: Rochester

Population: 114,000

Median Home Price: $216,000

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Mississippi

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Best City: Oxford

Population: 23,000

Median Home Price: $187,000

Runner Up: Brandon

Population: 24,000

Median Home Price: $184,000

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Missouri

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Best City: Columbia

Population: 120,000

Median Home Price: $179,000

Runner Up: Jefferson City

Population: 43,000

Median Home Price: $153,000

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Montana

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Best City: Billings

Population: 110,000

Median Home Price: $223,000

Runner Up: Great Falls

Population: 59,000

Median Home Price: $189,000

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Nebraska

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Best City: Lincoln

Population: 280,000

Median Home Price: $176,000

Runner Up: Omaha

Population: 445,000

Median Home Price: $167,000

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Nevada

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Best City: Reno

Population: 240,000

Median Home Price: $355,000

Runner Up: Henderson

Population: 293,000

Median Home Price: $314,000

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New Hampshire

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Best City: Portsmouth

Population: 21,000

Median Home Price: $438,000

Runner Up: Durham

Population: 30,000

Median Home Price: $288,000

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New Jersey

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Best City: Manchester Township

Population: 44,000

Median Home Price: $180,000

Runner Up: Voorhees

Population: 30,000

Median Home Price: $288,000

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New Mexico

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Best City: Las Cruces

Population: 102,000

Median Home Price: $164,000

Runner Up: Santa Fe

Population: 84,000

Median Home Price: $349,000

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New York

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Best City: Ithaca

Population: 31,000

Median Home Price: $242,000

Runner Up: Rochester

Population: 210,000

Median Home Price: $73,000

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North Carolina

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Best City: Asheville

Population: 90,000

Median Home Price: $275,000

Runner Up: Boone

Population: 19,000

Median Home Price: $223,000

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North Dakota

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Best City: Fargo

Population: 212,000

Median Home Price: $225,000

Runner Up: Bismark

Population: 72,000

Median Home Price: $271,000

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Ohio

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Best City: Sandusky

Population: 25,000

Median Home Price: $69,000

Runner Up: Parma

Population: 80,000

Median Home Price: $118,000

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Oklahoma

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Best City: Edmond

Population: 91,000

Median Home Price: $222,000

Runner Up: Owasso

Population: 36,000

Median Home Price: $180,000

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Oregon

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Best City: McMinnville

Population: 35,000

Median Home Price: $308,000

Runner Up: Redmond

Population: 30,000

Median Home Price: $286,000

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Pennsylvania

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Best City: Pittsburgh

Population: 304,000

Median Home Price: $145,000

Runner Up: Bethlehem

Population: 75,000

Median Home Price: $164,000

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Rhode Island

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Best City: Westerly

Population: 23,000

Median Home Price: $329,000

Runner Up: Providence

Population: 180,000

Median Home Price: $204,000

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South Carolina

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Best City: Charleston

Population: 138,000

Median Home Price: $311,000

Runner Up: Bluffton

Population: 19,000

Median Home Price: $264,000

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South Dakota

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Best City: Sioux Falls

Population: 174,000

Median Home Price: $184,000

Runner Up: Pierre

Population: 13,000

Median Home Price: $210,000

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Tennessee

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Best City: Smyrna

Population: 49,000

Median Home Price: $219,000

Runner Up: Maryville

Population: 29,000

Median Home Price: $177,000

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Texas

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Best City: San Marcos

Population: 61,000

Median Home Price: $208,000

Runner Up: San Antonio

Population: 1,490,000

Median Home Price: $168,000

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Utah

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Best City: Salt Lake City

Population: 194,000

Median Home Price: $366,000

Runner Up: Ogden

Population: 87,000

Median Home Price: $194,000

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Vermont

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Best City: Burlington

Population: 42,000

Median Home Price: $300,000

Runner Up: Brattleboro

Population: 12,000

Median Home Price: $202,000

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Virginia

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Best City: Roanoke

Population: 100,000

Median Home Price: $148,000

Runner Up: Harrisonburg

Population: 53,000

Median Home Price: $199,000

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Washington

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Best City: Wenatchee

Population: 33,000

Median Home Price: $278,000

Runner Up: Vancouver

Population: 175,000

Median Home Price: $309,000

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West Virginia

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Best City: Huntington

Population: 48,000

Median Home Price: $80,000

Runner Up: Morgantown

Population: 31,000

Median Home Price: $184,000

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Wisconsin

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Best City: Madison

Population: 253,000

Median Home Price: $252,000

Runner Up: Eau Claire

Population: 68,000

Median Home Price: $162,000

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Wyoming

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Best City: Casper

Population: 60,000

Median Home Price: $201,000

Runner Up: Laramie

Population: 32,000

Median Home Price: $228,000

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Claire started Femme on FIRE after struggling with the debt cycle and realizing that she had to create better habits. She became inspired along this journey and now strives to help others achieve financial freedom as well. When she isn’t working on her blog, you can find her on the couch with a good book, cooking up recipes in the kitchen, or playing outside with her ducks.