By: Laura Layden of the Naples Daily News & Stacey Leasca of Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Naples has made another A-list for retirees
The city is one of a dozen that Kiplinger, a business magazine, has named as Great Places to Retire for Your Good Health and Your Wallet. Accordingly, SmartAsset, a website that helps people connect with financial advisors, rates Naples as the best place to retire financially in the United States.
The list is based on data provided by Trulia and reviewing the taxes, the prevalence of medical centers, recreation centers, retirement communities, and other seniors along with the rating of quiet streets, trails, parks and golf courses. Naples comes out on top!
Contributing to the city’s high marks are these other top rankings:
The Naples-Marco Island metropolitan area ranked No. 1 in the 2014-18 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, based on residents’ views about health, financial security, community and sense of purpose. Naples also earned a top grade from the American Lung Association for air quality.
The Kiplinger article recounts how Naples, now voted greatest places to retire, was a small fishing village when Bill Barnett, who is serving his fourth term as mayor, moved to the city in 1973. Back then Naples had a grocery store, two restaurants and a pharmacy, and “locals rejoiced when an Italian restaurant opened,” the writer states.
Now the city has two streets, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South, lined with a dizzying number of galleries, boutiques, cafes and specialty stores.
“The growth has been fueled by a torrent of retirees attracted by miles of beaches, gracious homes and giant banyan trees. But you don’t have to be retired to like living here,” the writer states.
With all the evidence and support, many will start to take a considerable look at where they want to enjoy the ladder half of their lives. Throw in a strong economic growth forecast and you can count on Naples continuing to stay on the top of the lists.