The Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Center for Secure Retirement has released the results of a new survey on the best cities in the United States for seniors. Sperling’s Best Places compiled the data. As it turns out, the warm and sunny climates have been trumped by some areas of the country with more temperature variation and cooler weather in general.
The cities are listed below, in order:
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Denver, Colorado
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- San Francisco, California
- Portland, Oregon
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Newark, New Jersey
According to the report, the Twin Cities topped the list because seniors come there “for Minnesota’s progressive medical insurance program and for proximity to the Rochester, MN-based Mayo Clinic–factors that contribute to the region’s high scores for life expectancy and health care.”
“We weren’t interested in another study on where to enjoy your retirement, but instead wanted to find cities that did the best job in providing the services and support that seniors need,” said Bankers Life president Scott Perry. “The top-ranked cities aren’t what come to mind when you think about where to spend your golden years, but they scored high in the criteria most important to the 65-and-up bracket.”
Sperling used a variety of categories to judge the suitability of each city for seniors, including ease of transportation, crime rates, housing, medical care, economy, longevity, extracurricular activities, environment, and religious amenities.