Cities
Five towns with top-notch health care, loads of culture, lots of green space and low taxes were selected as the Best Places to Retire this year. How do other places rate? See key data for the 700+ U.S. cities from the Best Places to Live database. All have populations exceeding 50,000.
Best Places
to Live rank
City Population
Abilene, TX 112,205
Abington, PA 56,457
Akron, OH 214,556
Alameda, CA 71,757
Albany, NY 96,253
Albany, GA 75,808
Albuquerque, NM 477,854
Alexandria, VA 128,132
Alhambra, CA 89,110
Aliso Viejo, CA 52,909
Allen, TX 68,288
Allentown, PA 108,603
Amarillo, TX 179,479
Ames, IA 51,572
Amherst, NY 114,942
Anaheim, CA 345,757
Anchorage, AK 278,263
Anderson, IN 58,407
25 Ann Arbor, MI 113,300
Annandale, VA 56,090
Antioch, CA 99,496
Apple Valley, CA 62,584
Apple Valley, MN 49,227
57 Appleton, WI 70,200
Arcadia, CA 56,565
Arden-Arcade, CA 103,770
Arlington, VA 185,858
Arlington, TX 373,609
Arlington Heights, IL 74,047
Arvada, CO 100,141
Asheville, NC 69,308
Aspen Hill, MD 54,637
Athens-Clarke County, GA 103,630
Atlanta, GA 413,184
Augusta-Richmond County, GA 190,859
Aurora, CO 290,999
55 Aurora, IL 168,200
2* Austin, TX 690,300
Avondale, AZ 53,797
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Affordable homes
  Median home
sale price 2005
Reading, PA $42,850
Buffalo, NY $45,000
Niagara Falls, NY $47,000
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Most golf played
  Golf activity index
(100=national avg.,
200=twice national avg.)
Coconut Creek, FL 141
Palm Harbor, FL 139
Palm Desert, CA 134
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Tennis
  Tennis activity index
(100=national avg.,
200=twice national avg.)
Bethesda, MD 163
Greenwich, CT 161
Davis, CA 161
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Most country club members
  Percentage of
households
Palm Desert, CA 2.0
Bethesda, MD 2.0
Greenwich, CT 1.8
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Most educated
  % residents with
graduate degree
Arlington, VA 35.7
Davis, CA 34.6
Brookline, MA 32.5
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Oldest
  Median age
Tamarac, FL 49.69
Lake Havasu City, AZ 46.71
St. Simons Island, GA 46.66
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