A 2015 Bankrate ranking of the best cities for retirement in the United States placed Phoenix in first place. Bankrate bases its ratings on factors such as cost of living, taxes, weather, crime and health care; Phoenix received average to exceptional scores in all these categories and also scored highly in overall well-being.
Those searching for a highly-rated city to retire in look to the Phoenix metropolitan area for its bright skies, dry climate and pleasant winters, which are boons for those with asthma and allergies. The area also has a low cost of living and affordable housing. The warm weather helps retirees save on utilities. The state of Arizona has an overall low tax burden and does not tax Social Security benefits, inheritances, estates or gifts at all.
The Phoenix area has an abundance of activities, including cultural attractions, restaurants, spas and parks. Golf courses in the Phoenix area and the rest of Arizona attract millions of golfers annually. Outdoor enthusiasts retiring in Phoenix can find an abundance of activities nearby, including fishing, skiing and white water rafting. For hiking and camping, the state of Arizona has a number of recreational areas, including Red Rock State Park and Grand Canyon National Park.