Best Places to Retire 2013

The first ranking discussed here is for the best countries to retire and the second ranking discussed here is for the best cities in Canada to retire. Both these rankings came out earlier this year in spring.

According to this ranking from Natixis Global Retirement Index, Canada is ranked 13th (United States is ranked 19th, if you are asking). The western and northern European countries have swept the ranking mostly due to the higher marks achieved in the Health and Quality of Life sections.

Best countries to retire:

  1. Norway
  2. Switzerland
  3. Luxembourg
  4. Sweden
  5. Austria
  6. Finland
  7. Netherlands
  8. Denmark
  9. Germany
  10. France
  11. Australia
  12. Israel
  13. Canada

Best Canadian Cities to retire:

The best cities to retire in Canada, according to this ranking from MoneySense are:
  1. Victoria, BC
  2. Saanich, BC
  3. Kingston, ON
  4. Burlington, ON
  5. Ottawa, ON
  6. Toronto, ON
  7. Joliette, QC
  8. Saskatoon, SK
  9. Stratford, ON
  10. Winnipeg, MB

My Thoughts

Some metric points may have more influence than others in the ranking consideration which may or may not matter to you.

For e.g.: Israel is ranked higher than Canada, but the political turmoil that comes by living in a country like Israel is not my cup of tea. 
Another e.g., Victoria, B.C may as well have more days above 0C per year (312 days) compared to Ottawa, ON (118 days), but according to the same ranking, violent crime rate is also much higher in Victoria, B.C (2178 per 100K) compared to Ottawa, ON (651 per 100K).
My take from these rankings is – look at the performance metrics and check the relative performance between cities only for the metrics that matter to you. I am still quite happy to see that my city Ottawa is ranked 5th 🙂