Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New study - “America’s Best Cities for Successful Aging” released by the Milken Institute

America is rapidly growing older. While there are many lists and recommendations out there of the best cities for seniors to retire in, the Milken Institute, a non-profit think tank recently published a new study that examined and deciphered, which cities can lead to the highest quality of life for aging seniors.  Based on eight factors including: general indicators, health care, wellness, living arrangements, transportation/convenience, financial well-being, employment/education, and community engagement the Milken Institute was able to qualify an in depth list of America’s top cities for senior living.

Despite the strain on health-care and social-safety nets, many communities are well positioned to help mature Americans age in place. The Milken Institute's Best Cities for Successful Aging index identifies what these metros are doing right and creates a path other communities can follow to help their seniors remain healthy, active and engaged.

The Milken Institute recognized a significant gap in the needs of a 65 year old versus an 80+ year old, which is why they ranked cities twice once for each age group.  By using the same data but weighting the indicators differently, they created two sub indexes, one for ages 65 through 79 and another for age 80 and up. Below is the list of the top 10 large metro areas and top 10 small metro areas for senior living.  If you would like to learn more about this study and see a longer list or get more detail on each city please visit the Milken Institutes website to learn more:

Metro Area (Large) Age 65-79 Age 80+
Provo-Orem, UT 1 7
Madison, WI 2 4
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 3 3
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 4 1
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, Ny, NJ, PA 5 2
Des Moines -West Des Moines, IA 6 6
Salt Lake City, UT 7 14
Toledo, OH 8 8
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9 12
Pittsburgh, PA 10 13
Metro Area (Small) Age 65-79 Age 80+
Sioux Falls, SD 1 2
Iowa City, IA 2 1
Bismark, ND 3 3
Columbia, MO 4 5
Rochester, MN 5 4
Gainesville, FL 6 6
Ann Arbor, MI 7 9
Missoula, MT 8 16
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 9 8
Rapid City, SD 10 12

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