Ranking of 20 best & worst places to retire

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Oct 15 22 Comments

Methodology:

By quality score = best / (best + worst) * 100%
@ CoL ~ rent for 3br in city centre (numbeo.com)

Proportions calculated for min. sample size of n > 10 votes, else numerator and denominator shown.

The lists:

Best
1. Vienna = 89% @ $1.8k
2. Austin = 82% @ $3.0k
3. San Diego = 78% @ $3.5k
4. Vancouver = 74% @ $2.8k
5. Kyoto = 4/6 @ $1.4k
6. Sydney = 6/9 @ $3.0k
7. Singapore = 56% @ $3.9k
8. Tokyo = 46% @ $2.7k
9. Dublin = 45% @ $3.3k
10. Athens = 44% @ $0.7k

Worst
20. South Bay Area = 6% @ $4k+
19. Shanghai = 11% @ $2.3k
18. Long Island = 22% @ $3.2k
17. Boston = 24% @ $4.1k
16. Los Angeles = 25% @ $3.9k
15. Paris = 27% @ $2.9k
14. Seoul = 27% @ $1.9k
13. London = 29% @ $4.0k
12. Upper East Side = 31% @ $6k+
11. Seattle = 36%

Limitations:

- 20 options arbitrarily chosen by OP
- Statistical error due to small data
- "Biased" opinions of voters
- Inflation and cultural change over time
- Ignoring dining expenses, taxes, others, etc.

Sourced from the Blind community:

Best place to retire (Food & Travel )
https://us.teamblind.com/s/dvsXTLUj

Worst place to retire (Misc.)
https://us.teamblind.com/s/xXUxu5ZL

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TOP 22 Comments
  • Google lSjX80
    Why the heck would you retire in Austin? The cost of living is going up fast there.

    Normally you wouldn’t retire in any major city anyway. You’d live in the outskirts just beyond reasonable commute distances to not compete with working age people for house and land prices. You know, where retirees live.
    Oct 15 2
    • SolarWinds AnEngineer
      Who the fuck wants to work their whole life just to retire in some suburb where you can hardly get an Uber?
      Oct 18
    • Google / Eng Cuekhkws
      That’s why you don’t live to work but work to live.
      Oct 18
  • Google AtinlayXVI
    Why is Vancouver so high up when it's just diet Seattle/SF?
    Oct 15 0
  • Roku cruella
    How tf is Tokyo in best places list?
    Oct 15 6
    • Roku cruella
      High cost of living.
      High population.
      Just like any other top tier city in the world.
      Oct 15
    • Facebook maple dip
      What? High population is what makes the place have things to do. Cost of living is very low against US. Not good for retirement but this entire post didn't make sense for retirement
      Oct 15
    • Roku cruella
      Yea. I m only talking fro point of view of retirement.

      I mean if NYC isn’t up there. Then Tokyo shouldn’t be either.
      Oct 15
    • Google _ _ _
      OP
      Probably culture, entertainment, and food for FIRE lifestyle.

      Rent in NYC is waaaaaayy more expensive.
      Oct 15
    • Facebook maple dip
      Tokyo was infinitely better than NYC for me. Just not having to worry about getting assaulted for no reason by some rando while walking down the street was an eye-opening experience.

      Not to mention every other factor (except I guess not being able to socialize in JP) was also strictly better
      Oct 15
  • Apple Icml2017
    My favorite place to retire: Andalusia region in southern Spain. It depends a lot on where a person is from originally however there are lots of expat retirees, primarily from England and Germany in southern Spain
    Oct 15 1
    • ConsenSys jmara
      Cádiz beach área!
      Oct 18
  • Goldman Sachs / Eng ?+!;:
    Best place to retire: Some suburb in Italy by the shore, small 2 bedroom preferably with a small garden and a cafe or pizzeria nearby.
    Oct 15 1
    • Roku cruella
      Cafe and pizzeria nearby?
      I’ll become a cal-zone
      Oct 15
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    Bangkok
    Oct 15 1
  • New / Design EtEe87
    Id be bored to death in Vancouver so these polls mean nothing
    Oct 16 0
  • Indeed mmnt
    Why on earth would you retire in Dublin unless you are from there and still have family there?
    Oct 15 0
  • Google _ _ _
    OP
    Would love to know which of these places you feel are overrated (or underrated) and specific reasons why.
    Oct 15 0
  • VMware gfCF76
    Tihuana .... easy to get girls
    Oct 15 0
  • Facebook maple dip
    Why do you need a 3br in retirement? Why do you retire in the downtown?
    Oct 15 0

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