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The best and worst cities for retirement

Bankrate Logo By Doug Whiteman of Bankrate | Slide 1 of 50: The best and worst cities for retirement<p>When you think of a great retirement, do you think of a beach? Or desert hiking? Maybe skiing?</p><p>Bankrate’s best city for retirement has none of that, but it does offer a low crime rate, affordable costs that won’t sap your <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/banking/money-market/rates/?ic_id=Content_CTA1">savings</a>, and a large senior population.</p><p>We <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/retirement/1-great-chart-for-comparing-the-best-and-worst-cities-for-your-retirement/">scored</a> the 50 largest U.S. metro areas for those factors and others, including weather, taxes, public transportation, things to do, health care and seniors’ overall well-being.</p><p>Want to guess which city is No. 1? Hint: Think rivers and relish.</p>

Find out which metro areas have the best mix of amenities for retirees

When you think of a great retirement, do you think of a beach? Or desert hiking? Maybe skiing?

Bankrate's best city for retirement has none of that, but it does offer a low crime rate, affordable costs that won't sap your savings, and a large senior population.

We scored the 50 largest U.S. metro areas for those factors and others, including weather, taxes, public transportation, things to do, health care and seniors' overall well-being.

Want to guess which city is No. 1? Click ahead to find out (hint: think rivers and relish).

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