Ah, retirement: the golden dream for so many, yet within reachof so few — at least a comfortable one, if the trouble people havesaving for it is any indication.

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To help them with that, WalletHub checkedout the 150 largest cities in the United States to see wherethose retirement dollars will last the longest.

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Considering 31 key metrics, including everything from how manysenior citizens already live in a given city to what sorts ofrecreational activities there are for seniors (and others) and — ofcourse — the cost of living, WalletHub ranked each city in fouroverall categories: affordability, activities, quality of life andhealth care.

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Tax-friendliness toward retirees, an elder-friendly labormarket, walkability, crime statistics, air and water qualityratings and the death rate of the 65-and-older population, as wellas life expectancy, emotional health, a city's walkability and thepercentage of its citizens who use public transit all went into thefinal picture, as did numerous other factors.

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If you're considering moving to a different city when youretire, you might want to check out the 10 best ones for retireeson the following pages:

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10 best big cities for retirementSure thetraffic is insane, but you can still find your retirement oasis inLos Angeles, and the winter weather is brag-worthy.

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10. Los Angeles

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Bring your wallets if you're thinking of retiring in LosAngeles. While the city scored well on health care, coming in at 36out of the 150 cities, and extremely well on both activities (12)and quality of life (two). When it came to affordability, itfinished down near the bottom of the barrel, at 125.

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One reason the city did so well on activities is itstied-for-first ranking (a five-way tie, actually, with Chicago;Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; and Minneapolis) for the mostrecreation and senior centers per capita.

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10 best big cities for retirementBeautifulsummers and excellent health care make Minneapolis a greatretirement bet if you don't mindwinter.

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9. Minneapolis

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Minneapolis is not all that affordable either, coming in at 129out of 150, and it really didn't do all that well on quality oflife, finishing near the middle at 76. But this Minnesota city didfar better on activities (five) and health care (two).

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And of course there's that five-way tie for first place for themost recreation and senior centers per capita.

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10 best big cities for retirementAtlantaoffers a pastoral, yet urban, beauty, as seen in Piedmont Park; butwhat makes it rank in the top 10 is its plethora of activities,including a lot of museums.

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8. Atlanta

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Atlanta's sore spot is its ranking for quality of life, with aranking of 120. But this Georgia peach-of-a-city makes up for thatwith an affordability rank of 52, a health care rank of 51 and anactivities rank of three.

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That activities rank is probably due to Atlanta's distinction ofactually being in a six-way tie for first place for having the mostmuseums per capita — with New York City; San Francisco; Washington,D.C.; St. Louis; and Richmond.

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10 best big cities for retirementA canal scenein Cape Coral, Florida, inspires dreams of placid days on thewater, which northern retirees might yearn for comeJanuary.

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7. Cape Coral

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Florida, perhaps not surprisingly, took top honors for havingfour cities to finish in the top 10, with Cape Coral just thelowest-ranking of those. And lots of retirees apparently like CapeCoral, since the city has the third-highest percentage of itspopulation aged 65 and older.

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This Florida city may have only gotten a 66 in the activitiescategory, but a health care rank of 24, an affordability rank of 17and a quality of life rank of 10 pushed it into seventh placeoverall.

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10 best big cities for retirementWhen youleave the Las Vegas strip, you'll find a city whose winter weathermight make it worth considering for retirement.

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6. Las Vegas

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Las Vegas's big failing is on health care, with a ranking of 94.But it compensates in other ways, such as quality of life (30),affordability (21) and activities (13).

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Interestingly, its neighboring city North Las Vegas has thedubious distinction of being one of the five cities having thefewest recreation and senior centers per capita; North Las Vegasfinished at a dismal 134 for activities.

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10 best big cities for retirementOne ofseveral best-kept secrets in South Dakota, Sioux Falls ranks highfor health care and affordability.

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5. Sioux Falls

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Workers anticipating health issues in retirement may want tohead to Sioux Falls, S.D. Though not the biggest city in this groupof 10, it's the biggest city in the state — and itfinished top in the nation for health care. Although it didn't doanywhere near as well in activities — finishing at 70 — or qualityof life — 81 — it also did very well in affordability, coming in at19.

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And workers who anticipate continuing to work in retirement willfind the place attractive, too, since it finished fourth for thehighest percentage of employed people 65 and older.

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10 best big cities for retirementMiami rankshigh on activities for retirees, including, of course, the simplepleasure of going to the beach.

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4. Miami

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The third Florida city to finish in the top 10, Miami offersjust a 71 ranking for quality of life, although it does better foraffordability (39) and health care (21). But it stands out for itssecond-place finish for activities. Fun in the sun, indeed.

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The city is also in a six-way tie for first place with SanDiego, Virginia Beach, Va., Tampa, Fla., Honolulu and CorpusChristi, Texas for the most fishing facilities per capita —undoubtedly a contributor to that second-place activitiesfinish.

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10 best big cities for retirementClose to, butnot overshadowed by Phoenix, Scottsdale, Ariz. conjures images ofgolfing and desert sunsets, and its quality of life rankshigh.

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3. Scottsdale

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Scottsdale, Ariz. has the fourth best “mild weather” ranking outof all 150 cities, which may explain why it has the highestpercentage of population aged 65 and older among itscompetitors.

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Scottsdale is also pretty affordable, with a score of 58, and itdid quite well in the health care (17) and activities (16)categories. For quality of life, it came in fourth of all thecities.

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10 best big cities for retirementTampa, Fla.ranks high for affordability and for activities, such as strollingalong Seddon Channel.

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2. Tampa

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Tampa, Fla. doesn't do all that well regarding health care, withjust a 72 rank. But quality of life rated an 18, activities got a17 and affordability was a pretty attractive three.

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And then of course there's that six-way tie for the most fishingfacilities per capita — that can certainly help to explain thepopularity of this Florida city to make the list.

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10 best big cities for retirementIn additionto the more-famous amusements of Orlando, Fla. the city has somenice parks, such as Lake Eola Park.

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1. Orlando

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Whether you're a wizard, a Muggle or a Disney aficionado, you'lllikely find something in Orlando, Fla. to your liking duringretirement, with its activities ranking of six. Affordability doespretty well, too, with a seven, and health care is 11.

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While the city's handicap seems to be quality of life, with aranking of 73, this Florida city nonetheless has magicked its wayto the top of the list.

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