Baltimore may not be as sunny as Florida, but it’s got some other things going that should attract retirees: a low cost of living, great medical care, and plenty of cultural activities, to name just a few.
Those are some of the factors that Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement analyzed when it came up with a list of the best cities for a healthy, affordable retirement, in which Baltimore ranked (drumroll please….) seventh. The top six cities were Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Portland, Hartford, and Omaha.
The study singled out Baltimore for its excellent access to health care, plentiful social opportunities, affordable housing, and decent public transit; we ranked low on crime and wellness–but, hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!
Interestingly enough, this retirement ranking skewed away from the southern cities where retirees tend to congregate–perhaps because they’re no longer affordable. Baltimore was actually one of the southernmost cities in the rankings’ top 10.