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Rochester not great overall for retirement, report shows

Rochester Business Journal
September 3, 2014

Rochester ranks among the worst cities nationwide to retire, a new report from WalletHub shows.

Among the 150 largest U.S. cities, 2014’s Best and Worst Places to Retire ranked Rochester 134th, while Buffalo ranked further down the list at 138th. Tampa, Fla., ranked first on the list, while Providence, R.I., ranked last.

WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small-business owners—analyzed cities based on 25 key metrics including cost of living, job prospects for workers over 65 and availability of recreational activities.

Among the findings, Rochester ranked last for its quality of life and 107th for its affordability. The city ranked 122nd for its health care, while it received high marks—ranking fifth—for retirement activities, and ranked 60th for jobs.

WalletHub found the lowest adjusted cost of living is in Nashville, Tenn., while the highest is in New York City. The highest percent of people over age 64 is in Scottsdale, Ariz., while the lowest is in Fontana, Calif.

The best weather conditions were found in Glendale, Calif., while the worst were in Buffalo. Rochester ranked 149th for its weather conditions.

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Mike Reimringer at 5:44:49 PM on 9/3/2014
I respectfully disagree with the rating criteria that WalletHub used in its survey.
We have a very good quality of life in Rochester and I'm astonished at the low rating for our health care by WalletHub. And personally, I like our weather - we have enough water for our...  Read More >
David Murch at 10:30:01 AM on 10/6/2014
You may not like our weather and our Rochester economy has challenges, but our health care is exceptional. It is hard for me to imaging being able to replace it in any other marketplace.

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