#5: Minneapolis, Minnesota
While Minneapolis — and in fact the entire state — is ranked No. 1 as a healthy place to live and retire, we will drop it to No. 5 on our list simply because of the climate. According to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Ranking Senior Report, more older people report being in very good to excellent health in Minnesota than in any other states. Plus there are great outdoor activities and walking trails that make the city great. At the same time, the hard cold winters pull this ranking down in our minds.