22 US Cities Where You Can Retire on $5,000 a Month

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One of the most common worries people have when approaching retirement is whether they’ll have enough to retire comfortably, especially with many people living longer. Kiplinger calls this the longevity risk; the life expectancy for American men has increased more than 15 years since 1950. For women, the increase is nearly 15 years.

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That presents a challenge for soon-to-be retirees who will likely earn less after leaving the workforce. To add to this problem, many people fall victim to lifestyle inflation as their earnings increase, and it can be difficult to reverse that trend. However, keeping your expenses under control is key to having a financially secure retirement. So, how do you make that happen? The answer will inevitably vary depending upon your own expenses. In other words, we all spend different amounts on different things; some prefer only buying organic produce or luxury vehicles. In general, though, some cities are better than others in terms of affordability. Thus, this list will take a look at some of the winners by total monthly expenditures.

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First, we’ll take a look at U.S. averages and then go from the highest total monthly expenses to the lowest total monthly expenses. The list will also break down the cost by rent, groceries, healthcare and transportation. These are the biggest costs for most Americans; thus, they are the most important categories to consider.

US Averages

Monthly expenditures: $2,183.00

  • 2020 Average 1 bedroom rent: $1,277.00
  • % of population 65 and older: 16.5%
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,204
  • Monthly grocery cost: $350.33
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,668
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $555.67

22. Walnut Creek, California

Monthly expenditures: $3,076

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $2,077
  • % of population 65 and older: 29.6%
  • Livability: 78
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,708.48
  • Monthly grocery cost: $392.37
  • Annual healthcare cost: $7,288.12
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $607.34

21. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $3,048

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $2,120
  • % of population 65 and older: 29.9%
  • Livability: 81
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,594.97
  • Monthly grocery cost: $382.91
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,541.31
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $545.11

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20. Aventura, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,901

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,972
  • % of population 65 and older:28.8%
  • Livability: 72
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,557.14
  • Monthly grocery cost: $379.76
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,587.98
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $549.00
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19. Boca Raton, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,850

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,919
  • % of population 65 and older: 26.8%
  • Livability: 80
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,632.81
  • Monthly grocery cost: $386.07
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,541.31
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $545.11

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18. Beachwood, Ohio

Monthly expenditures: $2,628

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,813
  • % of population 65 and older: 32.4%
  • Livability: 84
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,288.08
  • Monthly grocery cost: $357.34
  • Annual healthcare cost: $5,494.43
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $457.87

17. Delray Beach, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,561

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,645
  • % of population 65 and older: 26%
  • Livability: 71
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,452.04
  • Monthly grocery cost: $371.00
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,541.31
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $545.11

16. Naples, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,543

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,572
  • % of population 65 and older: 52.5%
  • Livability: 78
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,918.68
  • Monthly grocery cost: $409.89
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,734.68
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $561.22

15. Palm Harbor, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,533

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,598
  • % of population 65 and older: 28.4%
  • Livability: 85
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,460.44
  • Monthly grocery cost: $371.70
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,761.35
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $563.45

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14. Bonita Springs, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,516

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,488
  • % of population 65 and older: 41.8%
  • Livability: 80
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,519.30
  • Monthly grocery cost: $376.61
  • Annual healthcare cost: $7,821.56
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $651.80

13. Wilton Manors, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,435

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,520
  • % of population 65 and older: 25.1%
  • Livability: 71
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,527.71
  • Monthly grocery cost: $377.31
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,454.62
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $537.89

12. Tamarac, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,248

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,347
  • % of population 65 and older: 25.6%
  • Livability: 79
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,359.55
  • Monthly grocery cost: $363.30
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,454.62
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $537.89

11. Fairview, Texas

Monthly expenditures: $2,227

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,337
  • % of population 65 and older: 27.8%
  • Livability: 78
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,258.65
  • Monthly grocery cost: $354.89
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,427.95
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $535.66

10. Bradenton, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,207

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,329
  • % of population 65 and older: 25.4%
  • Livability: 72
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,363.75
  • Monthly grocery cost: $363.65
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,174.57
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $514.55

9. Largo, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,156

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,227
  • % of population 65 and older: 25.9%
  • Livability: 82
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,388.98
  • Monthly grocery cost: $365.75
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,761.35
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $563.45

8. Sarasota, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,138

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,222
  • % of population 65 and older: 27.3%
  • Livability: 71
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,477.26
  • Monthly grocery cost: $373.11
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,507.97
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $542.33

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7. Estero, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,132

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,105
  • % of population 65 and older: 48.2%
  • Livability: 84
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,502.48
  • Monthly grocery cost: $375.21
  • Annual healthcare cost: $7,821.56
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $651.80

6. Dunedin, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $2,108

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,175
  • % of population 65 and older: 32.6%
  • Livability: 88
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,431.02
  • Monthly grocery cost: $369.25
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,761.35
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $563.45

5. Oro Valley, Arizona

Monthly expenditures: $2,065

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,268
  • % of population 65 and older: 33.9%
  • Livability: 83
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,132.53
  • Monthly grocery cost: $344.38
  • Annual healthcare cost: $5,434.42
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $452.87

4. Georgetown, Texas

Monthly expenditures: $1,979

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,131
  • % of population 65 and older: 29.1%
  • Livability: 87
  • Annual grocery cost: $3,998.00
  • Monthly grocery cost: $333.17
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,181.24
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $515.10

3. Palm Coast, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $1,974

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,071
  • % of population 65 and older: 28.2%
  • Livability: 73
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,233.43
  • Monthly grocery cost: $352.79
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,601.32
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $550.11

2. Catalina Foothills, Arizona

Monthly expenditures: $1,888

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $1,079
  • % of population 65 and older: 31.5%
  • Livability: 77
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,275.47
  • Monthly grocery cost: $356.29
  • Annual healthcare cost: $5,434.42
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $452.87

1. Winter Haven, Florida

Monthly expenditures: $1,838

  • 2020 average 1 bedroom rent: $943
  • % of population 65 and older: 25.3
  • Livability: 77
  • Annual grocery cost: $4,313.30
  • Monthly grocery cost: $359.44
  • Annual healthcare cost: $6,427.95
  • Monthly healthcare cost: $535.66

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About the Author

Bob Haegele is a personal finance writer who specializes in topics such as investing, banking, credit cards, and real estate. His work has been featured on The Ladders, The Good Men Project, and Small Biz Daily. He also co-runs Modest Money and is a dog sitter and walker.

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