Best Places for Military Retirement

Best Places for Military Retirement
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USAA partnered with to develop this first-of-its-kind ranking that recognizes the best places in the nation for military men and women to reside after retiring from their first career with the armed forces and beginning their second career as a civilian. The rankings are a resource to help military retirees find locales offering a high quality of life while making the most of military retiree benefits.
Best Places for Military Retirement presented by USAA and
Overall Top Ten Places

USAA and worked with Sperling's BestPlaces to determine the variables on which 379 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. were evaluated against. Sperling's BestPlaces considers general quality of life issues along with variables that correspond directly to military retirees. The variables included:

  • Military base proximity
  • Military base amenities
  • Veteran's Affairs hospital proximity
  • Military pension taxation
  • Unemployment rate
  • Presence of colleges and universities
  • Affordability
  • Housing costs
  • Housing appreciation (2007-2010)
  • Economic stability

Each of the identified variables was weighted based on importance to military retirees, and each metro area was given a score based on its total points for each variable. The metro areas were ranked based on these scores. Metro areas where the median housing cost was 40 percent above the national median were excluded from the list.

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