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Baltimore ranked 54th best place to retire in report

Baltimore is in the middle of the pack among U.S. News & World Report’s list of best places to retire.

The city came in 54th out of 100 metropolitan areas ranked by the media organization in a list released Oct. 2.

The report considered housing affordability, retiree taxes, health care quality, desirability and job market in rating cities. The “Happiness Index,” based on a composite of well-being scores from the Gallup-Healthways annual State of American Well-Being report, accounted for 23 percent of the score, making it the greatest factor considered.

U.S. News based its criteria on responses to online surveys that asked people what they thought were the most important factors to consider when choosing a place to retire.

Baltimore received high marks for healthcare, but its score was brought down by high housing costs, compared to other cities.

Washington, D.C., came in 10th.

Sarasota, Fla., with its year-round warm weather and beaches galore, topped the list.

An earlier version of this article misstated Baltimore’s rank.

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