The Scores and How Our 2013 Retirement Index Works

The Scores and How Our 2013 Retirement Index Works

*To see all the scores for the 2014 Annual Global Retirement Index, click here.

Our editors, correspondents and in-country experts were busy collecting the details for this latest edition of the Index months ago. Our in-house number crunchers have been analyzing the results for weeks.

Here we focus on the top 22 retirement destinations in the world, considering them across eight crucial categories: real estate, special retirement benefits, cost of living, ease of integration, entertainment and amenities, health care, retirement infrastructure and climate.

We’ve looked at everything from Internet penetration to the price of a beer. We’ve paid attention to the discounts and benefits you receive as a retiree. And we’ve asked important questions like: How easy is it to stay in touch with the folks back home? Is it easy to make friends? What is there to do? Is a car necessary?

This is a qualitative assessment exploring what matters most to you when you consider an overseas retirement spot. We don’t just look at hard numbers. We talk to the expats living there and ask for the details. What are the roads like? Is there a local health-care system? Would they—or do they—use it? How much does it cost?

When it comes to costs we looked at everything from the price of utilities, groceries, cable TV and a maid to real estate and rentals. In fact, when it comes to property, not only have we asked “how much?” We’ve also asked our real estate experts if that represents good value.

The results in this table tell the story.

 

Country Real Estate Special Benefits Cost of Living Integration E&A Health Ret. Infra Climate FINAL SCORES
Ecuador 99 99 90 90 95 83 79 100 91.9
Panama 83 100 86 93 95 85 81 88 89.0
Malaysia 89 77 92 90 100 93 85 75 87.6
Mexico 92 71 82 100 100 84 74 78 85.1
Costa Rica 89 85 87 90 94 86 73 71 84.4
Uruguay 87 72 69 83 94 91 82 92 83.7
Colombia 94 75 70 90 82 84 83 86 83.0
Spain 87 57 80 83 96 80 93 83 82.5
Thailand 82 57 97 87 96 81 77 81 82.3
Malta 87 82 71 100 68 82 77 75 80.1
Portugal 75 69 86 67 81 82 95 85 80.1
Nicaragua 94 63 89 90 77 83 68 73 79.7
Ireland 78 79 67 97 84 73 85 73 79.5
France 72 82 57 64 100 89 87 85 79.5
Philippines 78 57 100 87 79 83 84 69 79.5
New Zealand 82 74 57 90 88 71 86 87 79.3
Italy 76 77 66 74 98 70 89 83 79.0
Brazil 80 70 80 60 76 84 69 85 75.5
Chile 85 69 81 57 88 78 83 57 74.8
Honduras 76 85 80 87 64 76 67 62 74.6
Belize 78 72 85 83 57 79 66 64 73.2
Dom. Rep 91 63 70 64 74 68 75 64 71.0

 

 

 

*E&A = Entertainment and Amenities;

Ret. Infra. = Retirement Infrastructure

See the 2013 Retirement Index article here.

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