While its overall score is good, Atlanta ranks a mediocre 58th on affordability, according to WalletHub.
Most affordable is Laredo, Texas. Among larger metro areas – with more than a million people — the five most affordable places to retire are San Antonio, Memphis, Tampa, Orlando and Birmingham.
But Atlanta makes up ground in other ways.
The company ranked metros on 40 metrics and weighted them differently, assigning priorities to some. Metro Atlanta scored well on things like recreation and the number of home-care facilities and is above average when it comes to weather, but Atlanta ranks flat-out number one when it comes to adult volunteer activities, the study found.
Atlanta was the eighth best on activities, which counts everything from golf courses and fishing facilities to museums and bingo halls.
Top ranked for activities were San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York City.
WalletHub, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer financial web site, issues periodic reports ranking American metro areas on various measures.
Worst metro area in the United States to retire, according to WalletHub: Newark, N.J.
6. Salt Lake City
10. Las Vegas
Where Atlanta ranks highest (out of 150 cities):
Museums per capita: 1
Music venues per capita: 10
Home facilities per capita: 15
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