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U.S. News & World Report Unveils its List of the Best Places to Retire in 2024

On Nov. 7, 2023, U.S. News & World Report unveiled its list of the best places to retire in the United States in 2024 – and the results may surprise you.

Experts at the publication analyzed the country’s 150 most populous metropolitan areas, considering affordability, health care, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market and overall happiness.

Pennsylvania dominated the top five in this year’s list – and took seven places in the top 10. The top place to retire in 2024, according to U.S. News: Harrisburg, which grabbed the number one spot due to its scores for health care for seniors, retiree tax rates and overall happiness of its residents.

Here is the full Top 10 list:

1. Harrisburg, Pa.

2. Reading, Pa.

3. Lancaster, Pa.

4. Scranton, Pa.

5. Allentown, Pa.

6. New York City, N.Y.

7. York, Pa.

8. Daytona Beach, Fla.

9. Youngstown, Ohio

10. Pittsburgh, Pa.

“Over the last year, Americans have observed record-high interest rates in the housing market, steadily increasing cost of goods and extreme weather patterns impacting the living conditions of our nation,” said Beverly Harzog, a personal finance expert at U.S. News. “As retirees consider where to spend their golden years, they want areas that not only give them the best bang for their buck, but places where they can live a happy, healthy life. This is why Pennsylvania dominated the Best Places to Retire ranking’s top positions.”

Florida scored highly as a desirable place to live, with six places appearing in the top 25. But affordability was the most heavily weighted of the six factors to determine rankings, and Florida’s high housing prices kept all but one city out of the top 10.

To read more about the best places to retire, and to see the full list, visit


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