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Best cities for successful aging

Best Cities for Successful Aging 2017

Mar 14, 2017

By Sindhu Kubendran and Liana Soll

Introduction by Paul Irving


Best Cities for Successful Aging evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation’s growing population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health.

More than 80 percent of Americans age 65-plus live in metropolitan areas,[i] and nearly 90 percent of older adults in the U.S. want to age in their homes and communities.[ii] Thus, the “Best Cities for Successful Aging” index is not intended to identify the locales to which older adults should retire. Instead, the index and report are designed to highlight the nation’s most livable metropolitan areas—those that enable an optimal quality of life for their aging citizens. 



[i] United States Department of Health and Human Services

[ii] AARP