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Clever Ranks the Top US Retirement Cities

Clever Ranks the Top US Retirement Cities

by David Klemt

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Real estate brokerage Clever, known for transparency and affordability, has identified the top cities for people to retire to in the United States of America.

Over the past few weeks we’ve examined an array of city rankings. For example, last month we took a look at Time Out’s top 53 cities in the world for 2022. Out of those 53 cities, six are in the US and two are in Canada. Both countries have one city in the top ten.

Also in July of this year, we learned from Redfin which US cities are experiencing the greatest outflow and inflow. Spoiler: The top outflow city is San Francisco. Also, the number one inflow city is Miami.

Then this month we checked in on a very specific demographic: “high earners.” For this report, SmartAsset Advisors labeled high-earner households as those earning $200,000 or more per year. If you want to know which states are attracting the most high earners, click here. Conversely, you’ll see which states are seeing the greatest outflow of high earners.

Now, we know the top cities in which Baby Boomers should retire, according to Clever.


It’s wise for operators to know everything they can about the markets in which the operate. Is it attracting or losing high earners? Are people clamoring to live in a particular city, driving up home, rental, and other costs?

On the flip side, is a city an operating is running a business in seeing an exodus? Obviously, if a significant number of people are leaving, traffic and revenue can see a negative impact.

Another important factor impacting a given market? The number of retirees who want to move there.

Generally speaking, many retirees have disposable income and time on their hands. Both of which, of course, they can spend at restaurants, bars, and hotels.

For their report, Clever considered healthcare, cost of living, and quality of life. On the topic of healthcare, Clever points out that retirees need to consider affordable care costs and quality of care.

Overall, Clever examined 18 metrics to come up with their lists, including how states tax Social Security and a 401(k).

American Cities 50 to 11

Unsurprisingly, there’s crossover between the top inflow and outflow cities and the top retirement cities.

  1. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. Riverside, California
  3. Sacramento, California
  4. Detroit, Michigan
  5. Seattle, Washington
  6. San Diego, California
  7. Phoenix, Arizona
  8. Buffalo, New York
  9. Boston, Massachusetts
  10. Salt Lake City, Utah
  11. Columbus, Ohio
  12. New York, New York
  13. Los Angeles, Calfornia
  14. Dallas, Texas
  15. Charlotte, North Carolina
  16. Las Vegas, Nevada
  17. Raleigh, North Carolina
  18. San Jose, California
  19. Washington, DC
  20. Atlanta, Georgia
  21. Portland, Oregon
  22. Houston, Texas
  23. San Antonio, Texas
  24. Austin, Texas
  25. San Francisco, California
  26. Baltimore, Maryland
  27. Orlando, Florida
  28. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  29. Cincinnati, Ohio
  30. Cleveland, Ohio
  31. Chicago, Illinois
  32. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  33. Jacksonville, Florida
  34. Hartford, Connecticut
  35. Memphis, Tennessee
  36. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  37. Providence, Rhode Island
  38. Kansas City, Missouri
  39. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  40. Indianapolis, Indiana

American Cities 10 to 1

Below, the top ten retirement cities according to Clever.

  1. Nashville, Tennessee
  2. Miami, Florida
  3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  4. Tampa, Florida
  5. Richmond, Virginia
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. St. Louis, Missouri
  8. Louisville, Kentucky
  9. Birmingham, Alabama
  10. New Orleans, LA

Per Clever, New Orleans clinches the top spot for the following reasons:

  • Affordability.
  • The state of Louisiana doesn’t tax Social Security benefits.
  • Income-level limits on 401(k), IRA, and pension distribution tax rates.

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This Year’s Big Trend: Moderation

This Year’s Big Trend: Moderation

by David Klemt

Two drinks in mason jars

Beverage-top media platform Ripples is reporting 2022’s big drink trend, focusing heavily on Gen Z imbibing habits.

The unique company produces devices that make it possible to print images atop drinks. With beverages of all types as their focus, the company is a great position to study drink trends.

Interestingly, Ripples focuses primarily on Gen Z drinking habits. However, the company’s data identifies an intriguing trend that transcends a single generation.

Let’s jump in.

Zero-proof Beverage Growth

At KRG Hospitality, we appreciate numbers; we’re a data-driven agency. Well, amongst all the stats Ripples latest findings reveal, two are massive.

First, in comparison to 2019, zero-alcohol products are up 166 percent. Second, the non-alcohol category is growing four times faster than its low-ABV counterpart.

Another impressive number? Non-alcohol spirits have grown by over 113 percent since 2020.

Per Ripples, Gen Z is driving the growth in the no-alcohol space. According to the beverage-tech company, this is likely due to social media presence.

I’m sure you read articles at least from time to time about Gen Z social media habits. Those written by their older counterparts make it seem like Gen Z doesn’t understand the risks of recording their every action.

Well, it’s highly likely that much of Gen Z would rather not have their drunken shenanigans on display on every social platform.

Values Drive Purchase Decisions

Beyond risk aversion, Ripples identifies values as key to Gen Z purchase and consumption decisions.

Generally speaking, members of Gen Z value transparency and authenticity. Brands that share those values are more likely to succeed with Gen Z.

And, again, speaking broadly, smaller, independent brands are often perceived as more transparent, authentic, and responsible. Large, mainstream brands are often seen as anything but green and responsible, never mind transparent or authentic.

Ripples posits that small indies aren’t encountering daunting barriers to entry. So, small-batch, craft non-alcohol brands are apt to find Gen Z support.

Craft sodas, RTDs offering health benefits, and zero-proof cocktails in cans or bottles are flooding the market. And they’re finding success. In fact, according to Ripples, RTD sales are up 400 percent on Drizly since 2019.

The Big Trend

If you’re a listener of our Bar Hacks podcast you’ve likely heard our episodes with David Allison. If you haven’t heard them, they’re episode 46 and episode 67.

As the founder of the Valuegraphics Project, Allison isn’t a fan of focusing on demographic stereotypes. Instead, he recommends a focus on values in conjunction with demographic and psychographic data.

In part, the Valuegraphics Project approach encourages business owners and operators to identify and target their customers’ values. This is, according to Allison, far more powerful than focusing on age and sex. As important is the fact that demographics tend to divide us, and stereotypes are dangerous.

So, he and the Valuegraphics Project team probably wouldn’t like all the focus on a single generation in this article and Ripples’ findings. Well, there’s some good news and it pertains to what’s likely this year’s biggest drinking trend.

Across all generations, one drinking trend is common: Moderation. An interest in no- and low-alcohol beverages is shared among all generations.

In fact, according to Ripples, 78 percent of consumers purchasing zero-proof drinks aren’t doing so exclusively. These consumers are still buying they’re favorite full-alcohol beverages.


Leveraging the moderation trend is fairly simple. The growth of all zero-proof categories means operators can succeed with alcohol-free spirits, beer, and wine.

RTD cocktails—full-, low- and zero-proof—are selling very well and work in restaurants and bars.

In short, ensure you have low-ABV and zero-alcohol versions of your full-ABV drinks on your menu. Include these in a dedicated non-alcohol section.

Operators don’t need to be afraid of guests drinking more moderately. The stereotype that guests who choose zero- or low-proof drinks are bad for the bottom line simply isn’t true.

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