DC Named Top 10 Retirement Market
There’s no doubt that DC is a great place for young professionals and families, but now the area is also getting the recognition it deserves as a great place to retire. The District was just named a top 10 retirement market by US News & World Report.
The ranking takes into account the nation’s largest metro areas, and then ranks them by how well they meet the needs of retirees. Categories include things like quality of healthcare, tax rates, affordability in housing and happiness among local residents. In particular, healthcare is boosted by the DC area’s access to many highly ranked hospitals and medical centers, in addition to top medical research that’s routinely performed in the area.
For this particular ranking, Washington DC gained the number ten spot. The DC area gets high points for its job market, healthcare, value and desirability. In particular, the publication points to the abundance of public parks in the DC area, as well as the cleanliness of neighborhoods and the region’s mostly moderate weather conditions.
In addition, DC neighborhoods are also noted for their own unique qualities, with local coffee shops and dog parks, plus the ease of living close to numerous restaurants, cultural sites and museums, all connected by easily accessible public transportation. It’s pointed out that many area attractions are free, too. Despite only about 11-percent of the population being of retirement age, the diverse DC community no doubt provides plenty of opportunity for older residents.
Broadening out DC to some of its suburbs, Motovo.com further breaks down its own ranking system with some of the best DC suburbs for retirees. It gives high marks to Kensington for its homes, condos and small town feel, plus Frederick for its affordability. Annapolis comes in at number three on this particular list for its waterfront location and a variety of options in housing.