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Forbes: Mesa, Tucson among best places to retire

In Forbes magazine’s annual list of best places to retire, two Arizona cities — Mesa and Tucson — ranked in the top 25.

The business magazine evaluated and ranked metropolitan areas using a variety of factors including health care, biking and walking facilities, transportation, crime rates and cost of living.

Mesa, home to several baseball spring training ballparks — headlined by the Chicago Cubs’ brand-new Sloan Field — has a low cost of living and a growing economy, Forbes found.

Tucson, home to the University of Arizona, is a small but lively college town that boasts a high rating for bicycling.

The list is not ranked best to worst, but other cities featured include Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Athens, Georgia, and Lexington, Kentucky.