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Why WalletHub says Atlanta is pretty good place to retire

Atlanta ranks in top 50; Georgia cities Augusta and Columbus are farther down in annual list of best retirement cities

Most people look forward to retiring, and many workers dream of the ideal place to spend that chapter of their life.

According to personal finance website WalletHub, the ideal place is Orlando, Florida. Actually, five of its top 10 “best retirement cities” are in Florida. 

To come up with its ranking, WalletHub compared the “retiree friendliness” of 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across four key dimensions: affordability, activities, quality of life and health care.

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Within those four dimensions, WalletHub used 46 relevant metrics — graded on a 100 point scale — to determine which cities were best. You see all 46 metrics and how they were weighted here.

Orlando came out on top, with a score of 60.87. Orlando was followed by Tampa, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; Charleston, South Carolina; and Miami, in that order.

Source: WalletHub

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Atlanta was the highest ranking Georgia city, finishing No. 30 with a score of 53.20. 

The city’s best showing was in the activities dimension, ranking No. 14 out of 182 cities. But when it came to quality of life, Atlanta was near the bottom, at No. 156.

The city was No. 79 for affordability, and No. 82 for health care.

Two other Georgia cities made the list, only farther down.

Augusta finished at No. 126, with a score of 45.97. Although it ranked in the top 30 for affordability, it was No. 175 for activities.

Columbus made the list at No. 147, with a score of 44.12. The city had a great showing for affordability, ranking No. 24, but it finished No. 171 for quality of life and No. 179 for health care. 

Stockton, California, ended up on the bottom, with a score of 33.73. 

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