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Best Cities for Successful Aging



Best Cities for Successful Aging

Published On: January 6, 2015 @ 12:44 am

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This report by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic think tank, explores the best cities for aging in the US. The report looked at 359 metro areas across the US and generated a composite ranking for each, based on eight sub-components (general indicators, health care, wellness, living arrangements, transportation/convenience, financial well-being, employment/education, and community engagement). Additionally, they recognized that a 65-year-old’s needs likely differ from those of an 80-year-old. By using the same data but weighting the indicators differently, two indexes were created, one for ages 65 through 79 and another for age 80 and up. For instance education/employment was considered to play a bigger role for residents ages 65-79 than for those who were 80+. Their top picks might surprise you.

Here is a list of the top 20 metro areas for aging, according to the report:

  1. Provo-Orem, UT
  2. Madison, WI
  3. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
  4. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
  5. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
  6. Des Moines, IA
  7. Salt Lake City, UT
  8. Toledo, OH
  9. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  10. Pittsburgh, PA
  11. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
  12. Jackson, MS
  13. Baltimore-Towson, MD
  14. Baton Rouge, LA
  15. Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR
  16. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
  17. Syracuse, NY
  18. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
  19. Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA
  20. Honolulu, HI