Have You Heard of This Best Place to Retire in 2020?

A senior takes a break on the shore of Bartlett Lake in Arizona during a kayak ride
Photo by Jim David / Shutterstock.com

If you love the great outdoors — or even if you prefer the indoor wonders of the local mall — Catalina Foothills, Arizona, might be the perfect place to retire.

In fact, the destination recently earned the top ranking in Money’s Best Places to Retire list.

Catalina Foothills is located just outside of Tucson, near the Santa Catalina Mountains. It boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine annually, and more than half of its 53,000 residents are age 50 or older.

According to Money:

“Thanks to the diversity of the area’s landscape, with mountains, deserts and canyons, Catalina Foothills provides a great variety of outdoor experiences. The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area draws over a million visitors a year to experience the area’s natural beauty. But if that’s not your thing, you can stick closer to home and visit the Tucson Botanical Gardens.”

If shopping is more your thing, Catalina Foothills is home to both high-end retail (La Encantada) and discounted retail (Tucson Premium Outlets).

Money picked eight U.S. cities as the top retirement locations by considering data on their economic health, cost of living, health care, safety, diversity, quality of life, amenities and percentage of population above age 50.

The eight locations are:

  1. Catalina Foothills, Arizona
  2. Palm Desert City, California
  3. West Bloomfield, Michigan
  4. Northfield Township, Illinois
  5. Bonita Springs, Florida
  6. Minnetonka City, Minnesota
  7. Georgetown City, Texas
  8. Clarkstown, New York

If you’ve never heard of the city of Catalina Foothills, it might be because it’s technically not a city. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies it as a “Census designated place” — which is a type of unincorporated area — rather than a city or town.

More great places to retire

Money has been crafting lists of great places to live — and retire to — for many years. But it’s not the only place to look for such guidance.

Recently, WalletHub released its ranking of the best and worst U.S. cities in which to retire. The best city was one of the usual suspects — Orlando, Florida — but there were a few surprise choices on the list. Find out more in “The Top 10 Cities All-Around for Retirees in 2019.”

Of course, dreaming about retirement is one thing, while actually planning for it is something else — and far more important.

Most of us are woefully unprepared for our golden years. If you are in this boat, you’ll likely benefit from the advice Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson dispenses in “2-Minute Money Manager: I’m 55 and Have No Retirement Savings — What Should I Do?

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
13 Small Gadgets Under $20 That Make Life Better
13 Small Gadgets Under $20 That Make Life Better

These inexpensive electronics will make your day-to-day life a little easier — and happier.

7 Surprising Ways Retirees Waste Their Savings
7 Surprising Ways Retirees Waste Their Savings

You can make your retirement money last a lot longer by avoiding these costly mistakes

New Ways to Save Money on Insurance of Every Kind
New Ways to Save Money on Insurance of Every Kind

Tech startups are making it easy to find the best rates for all kinds of insurance policies.

10 U.S. Jobs That Are Disappearing Fastest
10 U.S. Jobs That Are Disappearing Fastest

Think twice before pursuing these shrinking occupations.

Small Splurges That Make It Feel Like You’re Living Large
Small Splurges That Make It Feel Like You’re Living Large

Cutting costs is the shortest path to financial freedom. However, there are times when a little spending can produce big returns.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles
The 16 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles

One automaker takes half the spots on a list of the longest-lasting vehicles.

7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now
7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco
9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

Are you missing out on serious savings at your favorite warehouse club?

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic
11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic

Many goods we take for granted have become tough to find in 2021.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

Is Writing a Check Still Safe?
Is Writing a Check Still Safe?

Every time you pay by check, you hand your bank account numbers to a stranger.

6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers
6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers

Imagine having $245,000 stolen from your retirement account — and not being reimbursed.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.
This Is the Most Dependable Car Brand in the U.S.

This brand’s vehicles are least likely to give drivers repair headaches, according to J.D. Power.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know
7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.