Although most local retirees say Hualien would be the "most desirable place" to retire because of its natural scenery, most respondents to a survey rated Kinmen County and Taipei City as the "best places" to retire to for practical reasons, a local magazine reported.
The telephone survey was conducted by Common Health magazine between June 30 and July 31, with 10,225 respondents from 25 cities and counties.
Respondents were polled on their opinions about public safety, medical resources, convenience, leisure and financial security in connection with choosing where to retire.
Most respondents said they would prefer to retire to Hualien, followed by Nantou and Penghu counties, but the survey also found that Hualien ranked low on the list of preferred places based on its public safety, leisure and medical resources.
Kinmen, Penghu and Lienchiang counties ranked highest in terms of public safety, while respondents ranked Taichung lowest for public safety.
The survey found that people were most concerned about the safety of elderly relatives living in Taichung City and Kaohsiung County.
The streets of Hualien County, Taipei City and Changhua County were listed as easiest to slip or trip on and Taipei County had a reputation for drivers not heeding to elderly pedestrians.
Respondents ranked Chiayi City first for health resources, while Yunlin and Taipei counties scored the lowest in this respect.
Residents in Hsinchu, Chiayi and Tainan cities reported the highest level of satisfaction with the accessibility of medical care.