North Texas is not a haven for retirement.
According to a study by personal finance website WalletHub, several cities in North Texas are among the worst places to retire in the United States.
Arlington finished 10th worst and Irving finished 19th worst. Garland, reached number 23.
No city in North Texas even surpassed the top 50 places. Fort Worth reached number 100 and Dallas at number 106. Plano was number 136 and Grand Prairie at number 142.
Meanwhile, Florida represented four of the top ten places to retire.
To develop the ranking, WalletHub studied 180 U.S. cities on affordability, activities, quality of life, and health care.
Key measures included the cost of living, the number of facilities such as senior centers, golf courses and museums per capita, and the population share of 65 years or older. The study also assessed crime rates, climate, air and water quality, the number of health care providers and even vaccination rates against COVID-19.
So why did it go so badly in North Texas? Several cities here have scored particularly low on activities and health care, according to the study. Irving also scored the last death for the proportion of the population aged 65 and over.
Where retirees move is important to their financial security, WalletHub says. Only three out of ten people say they are “very confident” they will have enough money to live comfortably after retiring, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute’s 2021 Retirement Trust Survey.
While some run longer, others want to move to a place where they can stretch their dollar without sacrificing their lifestyle, WalletHub says.
“Retirement isn’t just about money,” the study says. “Retirees want to live in a place where they enjoy security and access to good health care, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ideal city will also have many ways to spend leisure time, along with good weather.
Analysts collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Council for Economic and Community Research, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Environmental Protection Agency, County Health Classifications, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. News & World Report, and AARP, among other sources.