Bethlehem Ranked One of the Safest Cities to Retire in America

By Colin McEvoy on June 1, 2018

Bethlehem has been ranked one of the Safest Cities to Retire in America for 2018 by

The city of Bethlehem has been ranked one of the Safest Cities to Retire in America for 2018 by

The website reviewed data from 495 cities nationwide, and Bethlehem was ranked #27 in the United States after analyzing data that included crime data, healthcare costs, percentage of residents at retirement age, and elder protection laws.

Bethlehem finished in the top 15 percent for lowest crime rate, as well as below the national average for cost of living and healthcare costs, which was a major factor in its high ranking, according to Neil Foto, Community Outreach Coordinator from

“We found that Bethlehem was a well-rounded city in regards to safety for retirement,” Foto said. “The city is a strong performer for all of the metrics that we considered.”

Three Florida cities and four Michigan cities made the top 10, with Venice, Florida topping the overall list, followed by Tyler, Texas, and Naples, Florida. Florida, not unexpectedly, ranked highly on the list due to extremely low crime rates and high populations of 65+ residents.

Bethlehem was the second-highest Pennsylvania city to make the list, followed by State College, Pa., which ranked at #12. Twenty-six states did not have a city in the top 100 list at all, including California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington.

The full list can be found here.

Data sources for the list included 2010 U.S. Census Data, FBI City Crime Data, Aging Integrated Database, and the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the website.

The full methodology can be found here. Cities were ranked on six criteria:

  • 50% – FBI City Crime Data
  • 10% – Average Retirement Age in State
  • 10% – Percentage of the City that is 65+ in age
  • 10% – Cost of Living in the City
  • 10% – Healthcare costs in the City
  • 10% – Most Protective Elder Abuse Laws by State

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