This year's 25 best places to retire have been ranked, and 11 of them are in Florida

Rachael Thomas
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Whether it's the lure of pristine beaches and endless summers or the state's low taxes and abundant entertainment options, Florida dominated this year's list of the best places to retire, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Southwest Florida to the Panhandle, 11 Sunshine State metro areas made the cut, notably grabbing 8 of the top 10 spots.

Sarasota reigned supreme at the top of the list for the second year in a row, with Naples, Daytona Beach and Melbourne taking second, third and fourth place. Tampa, Fort Myers, Port St. Lucie and Pensacola made it into the top 10, and balmy inland cities Lakeland, Ocala and Orlando were not overlooked.

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Here's the full list:

The 25 best places to retire in 2021-22

1. Sarasota

2. Naples

3. Daytona Beach

4. Melbourne

5. Lancaster, PA

6. Tampa

7. Fort Myers

8. Port St. Lucie

Adding to the biodiversity to the region, a fever of cownose rays glide through the rushing water under the bridge of Sebastian Inlet State Park on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The rays get their name from the distinct lobes on the front of their body that resemble a cowÕs nose. Often, cownose rays are seen swimming just beneath the surface. Unlike other rays, they rarely rest on the bottom of the ocean, minimizing the potential to harm humans.

9. Ann Arbor, MI

10. Pensacola 

11. Allentown, PA

12. Lakeland

13. Harrisburg, PA

14. Asheville, NC

15. Reading, PA

16. Ocala

17. York, PA

18. Orlando

19. Philadelphia

20. Knoxville

21. Scranton, PA

22. Raleigh & Durham, NC

23. Nashville, TN

24. Manchester, NH

25. Myrtle Beach, SC

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If this list looks familiar, it's because Florida's top retirement cities have consistently made appearances in the rankings.

Here's last year's list:

Top 25 places to retire in 2020-21

1. Sarasota

2. Fort Myers

3. Port St. Lucie

4. Naples

5. Lancaster PA

6. Ocala

7. Ann Arbor, MI

8. Asheville

9. Miami

10. Melbourne

11. Myrtle Beach, SC

12. Nashville, TN

13 Jacksonville

14. Manchester, NH

15. Daytona Beach

16. Orlando

17. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

18 Lakeland

19. Chattanooga, TN

20. Tampa

21. Grand Rapids, MI

22. Houston, TX

23. Charlotte, NC

24. San Antonio, TX

25. Pensacola