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Unexpected cities top retirement list

Minneapolis topped a new list of best cities for retirement.

Minneapolis topped a new list of best cities for retirement.

Sunny spots dotted with palm trees on the coast of warm oceans typically come to mind when thinking of places to retire, but a new survey reveals something different. The Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement said Minneapolis, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Denver top the list of best places for retirees.

Moving trucks may be a more common sight in those cities as people head to new locations for the winter. Healthcare, economy, health and longevity, social, environment, spiritual life, housing, transportation and crime were considered when conducting the survey.

"We weren't interested in another study on where to enjoy your retirement, but instead wanted to find cities that did the best job in providing the services and support that seniors need," said Scott Perry, president of Bankers Life and Casualty. "The top-ranked cities aren't what come to mind when you think about where to spend your golden years, but they scored high in the criteria most important to the 65 and up bracket."

The average listing price for Minneapolis homes for the week ending September 21 was $306,039, up 0.4 percent from the previous week, according to Trulia. The median sales price from June to August 2011 was $155,850, down 4.3 percent from the same period in 2010.