Best place to retire? Dorset is top of the pops!

31 August 2016 

  • Dorset revealed as the most attractive county for pensioners to retire to
  • West Sussex and Herefordshire make up the top three
  • Pensioners in Surrey receive the highest income, those in Dyfed and Powys have the lowest crime rates and Rutland’s enjoy the best access to healthcare

Pensioners looking for the highest quality of life in retirement should head to the county of Dorset, according to new analysis of publicly available data for England and Wales by Prudential1. Its updated Quality of Retirement Index ranks Dorset as the most attractive retirement county for pensioners, with West Sussex and Herefordshire in joint second place.

Prudential’s quality of retirement rankings are based on seven sets of recently published data which it has identified as indicators of a happy and comfortable retirement for each of the 55 counties in England and Wales:

  1. Resident pensioners as a proportion of county’s population – an indicator of the likelihood that retired people will have fellow pensioners to socialise with
  2. Disability-free life expectancy – an indicator of pensioners’ ongoing health and well-being
  3. Access to healthcare – an indicator of the quality of healthcare likely to be available should a pensioner fall ill
  4. Crime levels – an indicator of how safe someone is likely to feel in retirement
  5. The number of pensioners moving to the county – an indicator of how attractive the area is to other retired people
  6. Pension income – an indicator of the health of pensioners’ finances
  7. Weather – an indicator of the attractiveness of the county’s climate 

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