Sensational for seniors

This Dallas suburb ranks among the top retirement havens in the U.S.

This Dallas suburb ranks among the top retirement havens in the U.S.

City of Plano hot air balloon
Plano, with its annual balloon festival, scored high for access to recreational activities. City of Plano/Facebook

For seniors, life is really good in Plano: The Dallas suburb ranks as one of the 10 places in the U.S. — and the best place in Texas — for retirees.

Livability.com places Plano at No. 4 on its 2017 list of the best places to retire. It’s the only Texas city to show up in the ranking.

“While summer heat can be brutal and traffic congestion is always an issue in the greater Dallas area, Plano still provides an appealing alternative to people who want big-city access without actually living in the middle of a big city,” Livability.com says.

Plano is no stranger to Livability.com. The website has twice named it one of the 100 best places to live in the U.S., as well as one of the 10 best American cities for families.

In naming Plano one of the best places for retirees, Livability.com emphasizes the short drive or light-rail ride between Plano and Dallas. “But Plano has plenty of activities within its own city limits, along with the appeal of a low crime rate,” the website says.

Of special note to seniors is that Plano is home to the only freestanding heart and vascular health hospital in North Texas, as well as a top back-and-spine institute, Livability.com says.

To come up with its ranking of retirement havens, Livability.com looked at an array of livability factors, including health care, climate, crime, cost of living, housing costs, and access to recreational activities. Each of the places in the top 10 delivered on all of those counts, the website says.

“This year’s retirement cities list perfectly reflects the diverse, dynamic lifestyles of today’s retirees,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger, managing editor of Livability.com. “Some of these cities might surprise you, which is a good thing, because retirement looks very different in 2017 than it has in the past.”

Here is Livability.com’s ranking of the country’s 10 best places for retirees to live:

  1. Walnut Creek, California
  2. Reno, Nevada
  3. Boca Raton, Florida
  4. Plano, Texas
  5. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  6. Vancouver, Washington
  7. Birmingham, Alabama
  8. Littleton, Colorado
  9. Bismarck, North Dakota
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah

“Today’s seniors are in search of a lifestyle as diverse and dynamic as they are,” Livability.com says. “While many folks will choose to remain where they’ve spent most of their lives and built their communities, others will look for new adventures in a different location — and deciding where that place will be is an extremely important choice.”