Why settle for year-round Florida sunshine when you can experience all four seasons in beautiful Central New York? In a surprising turn of events, Syracuse has earned a spot on the U.S. World News “2024 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.” list, ranking 27th in the nation. Just an hour down the thruway, our neighbor, Rochester, secured the 21st position. While Central New York may be known for its snow, there’s much more to this region than meets the eye.
Syracuse Ranks 27th in 2024 ‘Best Places to Retire in the U.S.’
Syracuse’s inclusion on this prestigious list comes as a pleasant surprise. The city achieved an overall score of 6.8 out of 10, with its housing affordability rating at an impressive 7.1 out of 10 and healthcare garnering a respectable 6.4 out of 10. This recognition underscores that Syracuse offers more than just a winter wonderland, making it an attractive retirement destination.
Beyond the Snow: Discovering the Allure of Central New York
While it’s true that Central New York residents can expect to see over 120 inches of snow each year, Syracuse’s appeal extends far beyond its snow drifts and slushy streets. The region’s charm lies in its accessibility and unique offerings. U.S. World News notes that Syracuse’s central location makes almost everything retirees need conveniently reachable by short to moderate drives.
“The city’s center is a quick 20-minute drive from desirable suburbs like Manlius, Baldwinsville, and Liverpool. When residents yearn for a weekend getaway, they can easily reach the Saratoga Springs race course, just a short drive away,” highlighted U.S. World News. Moreover, the bustling streets of New York City are just a four-hour drive south, while Buffalo Bills enthusiasts can reach their games with a comfortable two-and-a-half-hour journey on I-90.
Syracuse also finds itself nestled within prime wine-drinking territory. A short trip to the Finger Lakes region grants locals access to some of the area’s finest wineries, creating perfect day trips for wine connoisseurs.
Syracuse’s Abundant Offerings for Retirees
In addition to its geographic advantages, Syracuse boasts a wealth of activities and attractions for retirees. Whether you’re interested in nature, culture, or entertainment, there’s something for everyone in the area.
For nature enthusiasts, Onondaga Lake Park offers picturesque landscapes, while the MOST (Museum of Science & Technology) caters to those with a thirst for knowledge. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo provides an opportunity to connect with wildlife, and Destiny USA, home to WonderWorks, is perfect for families and the young at heart.
Music and live events are a significant part of Syracuse’s cultural scene. The JMA Wireless Dome hosts various events and performances, while the Empower Credit Union Amphitheater showcases top-tier concerts.
Syracuse’s culinary scene is also thriving, with dozens of local restaurants and bars scattered throughout downtown Syracuse and its environs. For sports enthusiasts, Syracuse University’s games and Crunch hockey provide exciting entertainment options. Syracuse, with its surprising inclusion on the “Best Places to Retire” list, challenges stereotypes about retirement destinations. Beyond its snowy reputation, the city offers a rich tapestry of experiences, blending accessibility, culture, and natural beauty, making it an appealing choice for those seeking an engaging and vibrant retirement.