Providence metro ranks No. 85 on U.S. News Best Places to Retire in U.S. list

THE PROVIDENCE METRO ranked No. 85 on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 100 Best Places to Retire in the USA. / PBN FILE PHOTO
THE PROVIDENCE METRO ranked No. 85 on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 100 Best Places to Retire in the USA. / PBN FILE PHOTO

PROVIDENCE – The Providence metropolitan area ranked No. 85 in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 100 Best Places to Retire in the USA, the publication announced Wednesday.

The Providence metro’s No. 85 ranking was the seventh-highest ranking in New England and two spots better than the metro area’s No. 87 ranking in 2017.

New England metropolitan areas on the list included:

  • Portland, Maine – No. 19
  • Boston – No. 25
  • Springfield, Mass. – No. 69
  • Hartford, Conn. – No. 73
  • New Haven, Conn. – No. 74
  • Worcester, Mass. – No. 77
  • Providence – No. 85

This year, Lancaster, Pa., metro area was ranked No. 1, followed by the Ft. Meyers, Fla., and Sarasota, Fla., metro areas.

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The best places to retire rankings were based on the Happiness Index, housing affordability, health care quality, retiree taxes, the job market of a city and “desirability.”

The Providence metro was also the No. 26 highest ranked “large metro areas,” areas with a population between 1 and 2.5 million. Austin, Texas, was the highest ranked large metro this year.