Punta Gorda Ranks in Best Place for Retirement Investments List

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you already know that RealtyTrac recently rated Punta Gorda as one of the top 15 Retirement Spots for Investing. RealtyTrac rated cities with at least a third of the population over the age of 65. Then, they looked at increases in median home prices, positive capitalization rates (meaning rentals generally produce a positive cash flow), cost of living, average temperature, and average chance of sunshine.

According to the report, RealtyTrac vice president, Daren Blomquist believes, “These popular retirement cities will very likely be an area of growth in the housing market over the next 15 years as baby boomers retire in greater numbers. The baby boomer generation started retiring in 2011, a trend that will continue at least through 2029, ensuring plenty of demand for both rentals and owner-occupant purchases in these markets for the forseeable future.”

Punta Gorda is the Michael Phelps of Best Places to Live

While we were excited to see our town on the list, I can’t say we were surprised. Over the past 20 years, Punta Gorda has shown up on “Best of” list after “Best of” list. We are kind of like the Michael Phelps of places to live. We win a lot.

So you can see exactly what I am talking about, I put together a lineup of all the “Best of” lists Punta Gorda has popped up on over the

past 20 years. (I included links where the links are still live.)

Best Retirement

U.S. News and World Report named Punta Gorda “One of the Best Healthy Places to


US News and World Report, Editor’s Pick

Porfolio.com Ranked Punta Gorda in its 10 Best Places to Retire using U.S. Census data

Best Place to for Investing and Business

Money Magazine, #2 ranking for future job growth

The Forbes/Milken Institute, Best Small Place for Business and Career List (Punta Gorda has made this list twice.)

INC Magazine, Boomtowns for enrepreneurs

Money Magazine, Top 10 Turnaround Towns

Best Place to Boat

Sail Magazine, Best Places to Sail

Yachting Magazine Finalist in 50 Best Yachting Towns

Best Place to Golf

Golf Digest Ranked Punta Gorda #3 on Best Places to Golf.

Best Overall

Punta Gorda has spent years dominating Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live. It has won:

#2 Best Place to Live in America

#1 Best Small Town to Live in America (Two time winner)

#1 Best Place to Live in the South

#4 Best Place to Live in America

#3 best small place to live in America

#5 best place to live in the south

MSN House and Home, #4 Best Place to Live in America

Did I miss any? What “Best of” list would you say Punta Gorda wins?

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