Las Vegas finishes disappointingly low in new ‘Best Places to Retire’ survey

Henderson, North Las Vegas fare far worse
Loving Senior Couple Walking With Pet Golden Retriever Dog Along Autumn Woodland Path Through Trees
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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - After putting in decades of hard work, we naturally expect to have financial security in our golden years. But not all Americans can look forward to a relaxing retirement.

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According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2021 Retirement Confidence Survey, 7 in 10 workers reported feeling at least somewhat confident that they will have enough money to retire comfortably, but only 3 in 10 said they were “very confident.”

Retirement isn’t all about the money, though. Retirees want to live in a place where they enjoy safety and access to good healthcare, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ideal city will also have lots of ways to spend leisure time, along with good weather.

To help Americans plan an affordable retirement while maintaining the best quality of life, WalletHub compared the retiree-friendliness of more than 180 U.S. cities across 48 key metrics, ranging from the cost of living to retired taxpayer-friendliness to the state’s health infrastructure.

While many retirees flock to Southern Nevada, our region wasn’t the top choice. Or 2nd. Or 3rd. Or even 30th.

WalletHub ranked Las Vegas as the 38th-best place in which to retire, while Henderson and North Las Vegas fared much worse. (131st and 166th, respectively). Reno was close behind at 40th.

Las Vegas placed high in the category of ‘Activities’ (11th), but lost points big-time in the category of ‘Health Care’ (179th). Vegas ranked 31st in ‘Affordability’ and 111th in the category of ‘Quality of Life’.

Not surprisingly, warm-weather destinations dominated the top spots, with Orlando sitting at #1. They were followed by Charleston (SC), Scottsdale, Tampa and Minneapolis.

San Bernardino, CA, got the lowest score in the survey, followed by Newark, Bridgeport (CT), Spokane and Rancho Cucamonga.

For a look at the full study, click here.