By Andreas Butler
For Hometown News
The Daytona Beach area is known for many things -- the beach, tourism and racing -- and now it can add retirement.
The area now has now been dubbed a "Best Place to Retire."
The American Association of Retired Persons Magazine named the Daytona Beach- Deltona-Ormond Beach metropolitan area as a "Best Place to Retire" on an income of $30,000 per year or less in its October-November issue.
"We do this report every year. We just pick what we think are great places to retire and Daytona was definitely tops on our list this year. Everybody is looking for a great place to live and retire, especially after the recession. That is why we did this story," said Gabrielle Redford, AARP Editorial Project Manager.
Ms. Redford wrote the report for the magazine.
The AARP says Daytona Beach and its surrounding cities should be proud.
"We normally don't get a lot of feedback from cities after we release this. It's a good thing actually, when a city can claim such a title," Ms. Redford said.
Daytona Beach is proud of the new honor and the positive national attention.
"It's a great honor. We have an outstanding quality of life and we have affordable housing with great weather. This is a great place for folks to live, retire and do things that are cost effective," said Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry.
The AARP searched the nation for the report. It looked at several criteria, including cost of living, taxes, median housing cost and entertainment.
"We looked at 350 metropolitan areas around the nation. We looked at many financial factors. Weather was also factored. Daytona has great weather and plenty of things to do," Ms. Redford said.
The Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach area, which encompasses all of Volusia County, averages a median home price of $108,900 and median property taxes of $1,161 according to the report.
The report also made the area tops due to no state sales tax and no state Medicare tax.
Jackie Robinson Ballpark and the Daytona Cubs along with Tia Tori's Tacos on Beach Street also were mentioned in the report.
The report on the Daytona Beach area got further national exposure when it was mentioned on NBC's 'Live' with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on their Oct. 8 show.
Also making the list were Bangor, Maine; Erie, Pa.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Greenville, S.C.; Louisville, Ky.; Pocatello, Idaho; Pueblo, Colo.; Sherman/Dennison, Texas; and South Bend, Ind.
The AARP is an organization and interest group that advocates for enhancing the lives of retired people and people ages 50 and over. It boasts a membership of more than 34 million people.
AARP Magazine is published by the organization every other month and is only available for its members.
"We are the largest organization magazine in the country," Ms. Redford said.
For more information about AARP, visit aarp.org.