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Best Cities to Grow Old In


If you’ve been thinking about where you’d like to grow old, think no more! Researchers from the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, have got you covered. They were also quick to comment that their findings have nothing to do with retirement, reports Realtor Mag.

The 2014 Milken survey is based off of more than 84 indicators among eight categories, from financial to health cares to community engagement for Americans over the age of 65, says Realtor Mag. They go on to report that the indicators include such items as the average wait time in a hospital emergency room, special needs transpiration availability, the number of local movie theaters, and the cost of adult day care.

Economist Anusuya Chatterjee, who developed the survey’s methodology, stated “The common theme among the winners is: economic strength, an abundance of health care services, an active lifestyle, access to amenities and intellectual stimulation.”

The top big cities to successfully age, according to the Milken Institute:

  1. Madison, Wisc.
  2. Omaha, Neb.
  3. Provo, Utah
  4. Boston, Mass.
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah
  6. Jackson, Miss.
  7. Des Moines, Iowa

The top small cities to successfully age, according to the Milken Institute:

  1. Iowa City, Iowa
  2. Sioux Falls, S.D.
  3. Columbia, Mo.
  4. Bismarck, N.D.
  5. Rapid City, S.D.
  6. Ames, Iowa
  7. Rochester, Minn.