As people live longer and retirement becomes more about beginning a new chapter -- it’s nice to know what kind of options you have when it comes to living out your golden years. The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, released their 2017 large “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report. In the list they rank 381 U.S. metro areas. The cities are chosen based on several factors, community engagement, general livability, health care, wellness, financial security, education, transportation and convenience, employment and living arrangements. According to researchers, many of the cities are in college towns and all of them have a higher percentage of older residents with college degrees.
Provo-Orem, Utah. Provo-Orem reclaimed the number one spot. The city was number one in 2012. It claimed the top spot due to its “strength of the services and support systems that make it an ideal home for older adults amid a youthful, family-oriented population.” In addition, there’s plenty of opportunities for outdoor exercise, along with low drinking and smoking rates.
Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Salt Lake City, Utah
Des Moines - West Des Moines, Iowa
Austin - Round Rock, Texas
Omaha - Council Bluffs, Nebraska, Iowa
Jackson, Mississippi earned their ranking from an affordable cost of living and low tax burden.
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota, Wisconsin
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
Rochester, New York offers affordable living and quality health care. Although the city has low employment and income growth, few older adults live in poverty.
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, Washington, D.C, Virginia, Maryland
Syracuse, New York
The Milken Institute Center also has a top 20 list for small metros. Iowa City, Iowa took the number one spot on that list.