Savannah near top of list of Best Cities to Retire from Military


Navy Federal Credit Union has compiled a list of the top ten cities to retire after you’ve retired from your military service, and Savannah is near the top of the list coming in at #3.

Every year, more than 250,000 military members transition out of the service. The shift to civilian life is no easy feat, and service members and their families deserve added support and resources to help them through this significant life change. To aid in this effort, Navy Fed partnered with Operation Homefront® to compile a list of the Best Cities After Service.

Navy Fed found that people’s needs, interests and general quality of life measures are shifting, especially those of service members and their families.

“Making the transition to civilian life is a big leap, and where you want to live is often your first decision,” says Retired Marine Corps Colonel and Manager at Navy Federal Clay Stackhouse.

The Best Cities After Service 2020 list showcases a diverse group of cities across the country so that every service member can find the right fit for their next hometown.

  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Fort Myers, FL
  3. Savannah, GA
  4. Daphne, AL
  5. Norwich, CT
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Norfolk, VA
  8. Duluth, MN
  9. Gulfport, MS
  10. Fort Worth, TX

“We are incredibly grateful for NFCU’s continued support and all they do to help us help this very deserving group of our fellow citizens overcome their financial hardships and put them on a path towards a stronger, more stable and more secure future,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray, Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront®.

To understand where service members may want to live when they leave the military, Navy Fed asked 1,000 individuals (veteran and non-military civilians) to weigh the importance of things like cost of living, price of housing, crime rates, community diversity and outdoor recreational opportunities.

They arrived at an important calculation to illustrate how veterans weigh trade-offs as they select the best place to live. They then used those factors to rank over 400 cities in the United States and conclude which cities best meet the needs of transitioning service members.

We’re glad to see that Savannah ranks so high, and we wouldn’t expect it any other way; after all, lots of folks come to Savannah after they retire.

Check out the full article from Navy Fed here.

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