When you’re planning to retire, you might be wondering if you should move to a new location or stay where you are. In 2019, WalletHub did an in-depth study about the best and worst places to retire in the United States. These towns were ranked by affordability, activities, quality of life, and health care.
To get some more insight into each of these towns, we did some digging with Neighborhood Scout to get some more information why these are considered some of the worst towns to retire. Check out the 40 worst US towns to retire in below.
40. Atlanta, GA
Georgia has many beautiful spots for retirement, with some of its small coastal cities frequently ranked as top choices for your golden years. However, Atlanta is decidedly not one of those retirement friendly areas. Unless you are the world’s biggest Atlanta Braves fan, the city has a handful of drawbacks that will likely prove too significant to want to put down retirement roots there. The most drastic is the cost of living, with extremely high apartment prices that rival much larger and trendier cities and home values that may simply be out of reach for retirees on modest fixed incomes.
The city also has notoriously terrible traffic, sometimes rivaling Chicago or Los Angeles. In the form of buses and trains, the city’s public transportation simply hasn’t kept up with the city’s rapid growth as more and more young professionals flock to the thriving Delta hub. On the plus side, Atlanta’s weather is quite pleasant, and the city has ample parks for retirees to enjoy outdoor activities. However, Atlanta also does have a relatively high crime rate, which may keep some seniors discouraged from venturing out too much. If you want to retire to the peachy state of Georgia, there are far better and safer options than Atlanta.