Retire in Huntington Beach

Best Retirement City - Huntington Beach

See why many believe that Huntington Beach is the best city to retire

For those looking for a beachside retirement, Huntington Beach, CA has a great deal to offer.  Commonly referred to as "Surf City", Huntington Beach has long been a popular destination for surfers from around the globe.  Although the Southern Californian city is well known to  surfboard toting individuals, it is also home to beachgoers looking for a more "laid back" vibe.  With over 10 miles of beaches and a vibrant downtown, visitors and residents alike enjoy city amenities, all while being steps from one of the top beaches in the country.   For those looking to be out and about, Huntington Beach is known for it's packed events calendar including concerts, comedy, and more.   Although the area's cost of living is one of the highest on our list, many local residents find that for SoCal lifestyle, the juice is worth the squeeze.   Huntington Beach is comprised of a variety of neighborhoods, with Huntington Harbour, City Center, and Surfside being a few.  Huntington Harbour is a popular choice for sophisticated urban types, and has easy access to art and theatre.  Huntington Beach City Center is another urban center, and is filled with a variety bars, restaurants, and shops.  Surfside is for true beach lovers, as most residences are only a few blocks from water.

City Highlights

  1. Top beaches
  2. Year-round sun
  3. California "laid back" vibe
  4. Easy access to outdoor activities

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Very high cost of living
  2. Earthquake risk

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 82,554

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Santa Ana, CA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

John Wayne Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

John Wayne Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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