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Houston finds a home among America's top spots for retirees

Houston finds a home among America's top spots for retirees

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Houston's affordability is attracting newcomers. Getty Images

Retirees still flock to sunny Florida, yet Texas is gaining ground as a desirable destination for retirement. In a new analysis from U.S. News & World Report magazine, multiple Lone Star metros rank among the best places for retirees in 2020, including Houston.

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks No. 10 in the U.S., directly followed by Austin at No. 11; Houston ranks No. 29, and San Antonio ranks No. 39.

To identify the best places to retireU.S. News analyzed data for the country’s 125 largest metro areas to gauge how well they meet Americans’ retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria include housing affordability and healthcare quality.

Overall, Houston received a score of 6.8 out of 10, with scores of 6.3 for both housing affordability and healthcare quality. 

"A paycheck goes further in Houston than it does in other major metro areas, with affordable housing and free or cheap attractions like biking along Buffalo Bayou and exploring the 7,800-acre George Bush Park," U.S. News observes. "The affordability of this region ... is attracting new people from across the country and around the world."

DFW earned a score of 7 out of 10, posting a 6.3 for healthcare quality and a 6.2 for housing affordability. Austin also earned an overall score of 7 out of 10. However, it didn’t fare as well in the healthcare quality (5.8) and housing affordability (5.7) categories as DFW did.

Like Houston, San Antonio earned a score of 6.8, notching a high score for housing affordability (6.8) but a low score for healthcare quality (5.5).

No. 1 in the U.S. was Fort Myers, Florida, followed by Sarasota, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Asheville, North Carolina; and Port St. Lucie, Florida.