Special Report

30 Best Cities for Older Americans


To identify the 20 best cities for older Americans, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on indicators that best captured the social, health, and economic climate of each metropolitan statistical area specifically for the population 65 years and older. The number of institutions that are popular among this demographic (golf courses, fitness centers, bowling centers, and nursing care facilities) per 100,000 comes from the U.S Census’ County Business Patterns for 2016. Primary care physicians, dentists, and social associations per 100,000, as well as the percentages of adults who report fair or poor health, come from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program. Mean retirement income, population living in poverty, median monthly home ownership costs, and gross rent for the population 65 years and over are from the U.S Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 1-year estimates for 2016.

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