CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville is the happiest place in the country to retire - that's according to a new ranking by Washington, D.C., based publisher Kiplinger. The 2019 list points out Charlottesville’s natural beauty and outdoor experiences as top contributors to the number one ranking.

Kiplinger also calls the city tax-friendly for retirees and notes more than 10% of the population is made up of people over the age of 65. Representatives from The Center in Charlottesville agree with the ranking.

“Charlottesville is a great place to live at any age, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's a great place also to retire. It's got the great benefits of being a college town - big town amenities with a small-town feel - lots to do culturally, athletically, indoor recreation, outdoor recreation, festivals, and great community centers like The Center,” said Peter Thompson, executive director of The Center.

Ann Arbor, Michigan and Portland, Maine round out the top three places to retire. If you'd like to check out the full list, you can click here.