Livability.com has named Honolulu a Best Place to Retire, 2014.

Honolulu, the website says, “offers access to affordable and quality health care, practical cost of living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as several amenities to help keep residents active.”

Livability.com editors used data from Esri and County Health Rankings, housing affordability measured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Location Affordability Index and other measures including overall cost of living, natural amenities, climate, number of golf courses, “walk score” and crime rates.

Hikers at the top of the Diamond Head looking out over Waikiki and Honolulu on July 24, 2014.

Hikers at the top of the Diamond Head looking out over Waikiki and Honolulu on July 24.

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Honolulu is credited for having “pristine beaches, lush tropical forests and a very appealing climate, perfect for trips to the beach, rounds of golf, mountain hikes or just relaxing in the city’s many parks. … Honolulu ranked the highest when it came to providing walkable neighborhoods, a high concentration of hospitals and quality health care.”

What the study does not say, however, is that many of us may never be able to afford retirement, given the sky-high cost of living in the islands. Oh, well.

Here’s the top 10 list of cities for retirement:

  • Springfield, MO
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Largo, FL
  • Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Missoula, MT
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID

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