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If you need more than an active lifestyle, Buffalo's not best place to retire

Buffalo's a Top 20 city on WalletHub's list of the “Best and Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle” and not long ago ranked No. 9 on its “Best Cities for Recreation.”

For retirees, apparently, that's not enough, according to the Internet list generator WalletHub. The site ranks Buffalo in the bottom third of 150 American cities as a place to retire. In its analysis, Buffalo ranks No. 116 - just ahead of Baltimore and behind Moreno Valley, Calif.

Source: WalletHub

In developing the rankings, cities' scores were determined in categories under four broad dimensions: affordability, activities, quality of life and health care. There were 31 measurements reviewed based on data from places including the Census Bureau, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control.

Buffalo fared best in the "activities" category, ranking 57th. The city's worst category was health care, ranking 120th.

Buffalo finished dead last in the scoring for "mild weather," behind Boston, Indianapolis, Providence and Rochester.

Rochester's overall ranking was 73, just behind Virginia Beach and just ahead of Winston-Salem, N.C.

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The best place to retire?

Orlando. The Sunshine State snagged three of the top five spots.

The worst U.S. city to retire in?

Providence, according to the website.

Sioux Falls, S.D., which made the top five, had the best overall score in the health care category.

email: abesecker@buffnews.com

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