Best places for seniors to live
Study reveals best U.S. cities for seniors
A variety of factors determine where seniors ultimately choose to spend their retirement. While needs and tastes differ from one person to the next, researchers at The Center for a Secure Retirement set out to label the best U.S cities for seniors in a 2011 survey.
To rank the top 50 cities for seniors, researchers examined nine categories that affect quality of life: healthcare, transportation, housing, social environment, economy, health and longevity, spiritual life and crime. Each factor was measured on a weighted scale based on importance. Healthcare was most important, followed by economy, health and longevity, social and so on. To read the full survey, visit the site here.
According to the survey, the top 10 U.S. cities for seniors were:
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
The Twin Cities scored highest marks under environment and health and longevity. The metropolitan area features 22 lakes and, according to the survey, has a “progressive medical insurance program.” The Twin Cities are also located near the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Closest Holiday Retirement Community: The Lodge at White Bear (White Bear Lake, Minn.)
Boston was the No. 1 ranked city in the social category due to its “historic sites and esteemed institutions of higher learning”. Boston is also highly rated for transportation and healthcare.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Community: Summer Place (Chelmsford, Mass.)
Pittsburgh earned top billing for its strong economy in part to “robust economic development in the healthcare, technology, and financial sectors.” Plus, 17.7 percent of Pittsburgh’s population is 65 and older, the highest among the survey’s top 50 cities.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Community: Bethel Park (Bethel Park, Penn.)
Cleveland makes this list in part to impressive marks in healthcare and affordable housing. Many physicians in the area also specialize in geriatric issues and the economy remains relatively healthy.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Community: Pearl Crossing (Strongsville, Ohio)
According to the Denver Travel and Visitor Bureau, Denver receives 300 days of sunshine a year, which is more than San Diego or Miami. Not surprisingly then, Denver scored highly in the environment category thanks to stunning views and outdoor opportunities. Denver also “enjoys lower rates of disease and depression”, which raised its mark for health and longevity.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Communities: The Courtyard at Lakewood (Lakewood, Colo.)
San Francisco, California
Transportation and environment make “The City by the Bay” an attractive location for seniors. From the popular cable cars to a far-reaching train and bus system, seniors are able to explore this great city. San Francisco also scored second best for health and longevity in part to the high life expectancy of residents. Landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz add to a solid social score.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Communities: Bay Park (Pinole, Calif.)
The beautiful Rose City features a mild climate and earns high marks among seniors for environmental friendliness, transportation and safety. Portland is also an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and has approximately 200 parks.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Communities: Parkrose Chateau (Portland, Ore.)
Kansas City, Missouri
Known for jazz and its rich culinary history, Kansas City provides seniors with an abundant spiritual life, strong healthcare resources and a wonderful environment. Kansas City is also recognized for its affordability.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Communities: Garden Village (Kansas City, Mo.)
Newark, New Jersey
Great transportation, many local attractions, a convenient location (close to Manhatten), and a bustling social life in part to local colleges and universities make Newark a popular destination for seniors. The crime rate is also second lowest among top 10 cities in the rankings, just behind Pittsburgh.
Nearest Holiday Retirement Communities: Yardley Commons (Voorhees, N.J.)