NAPLES IS THE BEST PLACE TO RETIRE, AGAIN, NEW REPORT SHOWS
It's not surprising that several Florida cities dominate recent lists of the best places in the U.S. to retire.
The weather's almost perfect year round — except for the occasional hurricane — and the cost of living and housing prices are pretty affordable, compared to other parts of the country.
Using similar criteria, MagnifyMoney, U.S. News & World Report and SmartAsset named Naples and other Florida communities as some of the best places to retire.
MagnifyMoney, a personal-finance website, compiled data on 171 U.S. cities to find the places most hospitable to financially independent early retirees who are using its FIRE strategy. FIRE stands for "financially independent, retire early," according to MagnifyMoney.
Naples topped this list and Port St. Lucie came in at No. 3. Other Florida cities that cracked the top 20 include: Crestview (sixth); Northport (eighth); Fort Myers (ninth); Ocala (10th); Daytona Beach (11th); Lakeland (16th); Palm Bay (18th); and Pensacola (20th).
Top 10 best cities for early retirement, according to MagnifyMoney:
Naples a top city to visit with your canine, report says Naples was recently named a top city to visit with your dog by Reviews.com, a leading consumer advocacy organization. The new report details the top cities home to the most dog-friendly destinations. Researchers from Reviews.com assessed data provided by TripAdvisor and Touropia to create the list. Naples ranked 17th out of 567 cities overall and 12th for its numerous dog-friendly amenities. Naples also was among only three Florida cities to make the top 100. “The greater Naples area is proudly pet-friendly and visitors love bringing their dogs to stroll our main downtown shopping and dining districts of Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South” said Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a news release. “We are a boating community, so you’ll see many dogs outfitted with their pet PFD’s on Marco Island’s Hemingway Water Shuttle that goes to the dog-friendly beach at beautiful Keewaydin Island.”
Jacksonville ranked the highest among Florida cities, at No. 5. Also ranked in the top 100 were Panama City Beach at 74th. Scottsdale, Arizona, was rated No. 1. The full report and methodology can be found at https://www.reviews.com/best-dog-travel/.