Providence, Worcester Ranked Worst Cities for Retirement

Boston barely cracks the top 100.

Photo via iStock/Don Bayley

Photo via iStock/Don Bayley

Paris of the 80s” isn’t exactly Paris for your 80s.

Providence and Worcester were ranked the two worst U.S. cities for retirement, according to a new report from personal finance social network WalletHub. Boston, the highest ranking New England metropolis, just barely cracked the top 100, placing between Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Lubbock, Texas, at No. 92.

To compile its list, WalletHub compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities using 31 metrics across four dimensions: affordability (cost of living, tax burden on pensions and Social Security, cost of in-home services), activities (number of senior centers, public golf courses, and museums per capita), quality of life (air and water quality, violent crime rate, percentage of population 65 and older), and health care (life expectancy, public hospitals ranking, number of general physicians and dentists per 10,000 residents).

Orlando took top honors, followed by other Tampa, Scottsdale, Miami, and bucking the warm-weather trend, Sioux Falls, North Dakota. You can read WalletHub’s full ranking here.