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Costa Rica ranked fifth favorite country for U.S., Canadian retirees

January 4, 2013

A study carried out by expat-focused “International Living” magazine shows Costa Rica is among the top five destinations for U.S. and Canada retirees.

Its “Annual Retirement Index 2013” listed the 22 best places to retire. Editors analyzed data and information from correspondents in the countries most popular with U.S. and Canadian retirees to compile the results, which were based on a host of categories: cost of living, climate, property prices, healthcare, ease of integration, retirement infrastructure, entertainment and amenities and special benefits for retirees.

In the country’s analysis the magazine summarizes Costa Rica’s position as a result of comfort and community.

The report cites testimonies from expats who claim that “Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system (which provides world top class -and cheap- services), the nation’s stability, the proximity with the U.S., great climate conditions as well as an active expat community” are some of the main reasons to enjoy living here.

Ecuador tops the list followed by Panama, Malaysia and Mexico.  Other region’s countries that made list were Nicaragua, which ranked 12, Honduras 20 and Belize 21.

Annual Retirement Index 2013

Country Real Estate Special Benefits C.L. Integ. E&A Health Ret. Inf. Climate FINAL SCORE
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

C. L. = Cost of Living  *E&A = Entertainment and Amenities  *Ret. Inf. = Retirement Infrastructure  *Integ. = Integration

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