Lakeland Cracks Top 10 in U.S. News Best Retirement Cities

best places logoLakeland moved from 26th last year to 10th this year in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Places to Retire in the U.S. Other Florida cities in the top 10 are Fort Myers at No. 2 and Sarasota, which dropped from the top spot last year to 3rd this year.

The 2019 list, released just after midnight today, ranks the nation’s 100 largest cities based on six factors: housing affordability, desirability, retiree taxes, the Gallup happiness index, job market and health care quality.

U.S. News ranks Lakeland at 71st among the largest 125 Best Places to Live list.

The magazine’s Lakeland summary did not specify what caused our leap into the Top 10, but U.S. News changed its formula slightly to increase the weight of a city’s “desirability.”

The full top 10 list:

  1. Lancaster, Pa.
  2. Fort Myers
  3. Sarasota
  4. Austin, Tex.
  5. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  6. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  7. Nashville, Tenn.
  8. San Antonio, Texas
  9. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  10. Lakeland

Austin topped the Best Places to Live list and was the only city to make the top five on both lists.