If you’re looking to retire in California, the Central Valley isn’t the first place to look, a study suggests.
However, if you still want to settle down in the region, Sacramento is your best bet.
The state’s capital city ranks 45th overall on this year’s “Best and Worst Places to Retire in California” study released Wednesday by WalletHub. Even with so many cities above Sacramento on the list, it’s No. 1 in the Valley. The only other city in the region to crack the top 100 is just a county away. Roseville checks in at 47th.
In all, 252 cities are surveyed.
Analysts with the site, which specializes in credit reporting, uses 28 measures to compile the scoring. Sacramento scores 53.75 overall, backed by some high category ranks, including activities (seventh), museums per capita (ninth), quality of life (11th), fishing facilities per capita (14th) and health care facilities per capita (21st).
Topping the list is Torrance at 61.9, while Stockton brings up the rear at 34.47. Six of the list’s bottom eight are in the Valley, including Turlock (247th), Lodi (250th) and Modesto (251st).
Cities in the Sacramento area didn’t fare well overall. That includes West Sacramento (136th), Folsom (162nd), Elk Grove (197th) and Orangevale (245th).
WalletHub used data from several sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to compile the rankings. Earlier this year it put Sacramento among its top 25 big U.S. cities to live in.