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100 best places to retire released: See where Dayton sits

Dayton falls pretty squarely in the middle of a new ranking of the 100 “best places to retire.”

U.S. News and World Report magazine just issued its annual ranking of the best metropolitan areas to retire, evaluating housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes and other factors.

Dayton is ranked at No. 56 out of the top 100.

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Dayton finds itself ranked below Cleveland (which comes in at No. 45), Columbus (47) Youngstown (49) and Cincinnati (55). But Dayton does fare a bit better than Toledo, which comes in at No. 67 on the list.

Dayton also ranks higher than Indianapolis (58), Detroit (59), Atlanta (62), Palm Bay-Melbourne, Fla. (75), Columbia, S.C. (82) and other cities.

The top-ranked “best place to retire,” according to U.S. News, is Sarasota, Fla. Stockton, Calif. comes in at No. 100. (See the entire list at

“We collected data from a number of government and non-government sources, including the United States Census, Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, Tax Foundation income and sales tax rate analysis and Wolters Kluwer state income tax analysis,” the magazine said.

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Earlier this year, Dayton was ranked as the “75th best place to live in the country,” also according to U.S. News & World Report.

“As the hometown of first flyers Orville and Wilbur Wright, as well as the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio’s sixth-largest metro area is rich in aviation history,” that earlier report found. “Aviation enthusiasts will appreciate the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.”

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