Hialeah Ranked Worst Place to Retire in Florida Despite Sizable Elderly Population

Hialeah Ranked Worst Place to Retire in Florida Despite Sizable Elderly Population
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It's not exactly breaking news that Florida is a good place to retire. So it's not shocking that the state pretty much dominated WalletHub's new analysis of the best cities in which to retire. But have you wondered which city in Florida is the worst place to retire? 

If you guessed Hialeah, you're correct. Ironically, however, "La Ciudad Que Progresa" also has the second-highest population concentration of people 65 and older of all the cities analyzed. 

To come up with the list, WalletHub considered the 150 most populous cities in America and ranked them on affordability, activities, quality of life, and health care. 

Tampa took top honors, with Cape Coral, Orlando, and Port St. Lucie also placing in the top ten. 

Miami came in 47th. That ranking includes data only from the actual city of Miami. Places such as Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles Beach, and Aventura may be dream places to retire, but they weren't included as part of Miami's ranking and were too small to be considered for the list on their own. Miami did snag 11th place for activities, however, but had a particularly poor showing in quality of life, ranking 123rd. 

Fort Lauderdale came in 40th, but its largest suburb, Pembroke Pines, did much better, placing 15th. 

Miami's largest suburb, Hialeah, however, performed worst. It came in 86th, just barely beating 85th-place Tallahassee to secure the title of Florida's worst place to retire. It did best in the quality-of-life rankings, coming in at 30th. That category took into account factors such as the size of the senior population, mild weather, the elderly-friendly labor market, and the crime rate. Hialeah was 62nd for affordability (tied with Miami proper, actually) but was below 100 for both health care (119th) and activities (103rd) — though it's not exactly as if Miami's higher-ranking activities and health-care facilities are necessarily off-limits to Hialeah's senior residents. 


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