Top 20 Large "Best Cities for Successful Aging"

As people live longer and retirement becomes more about beginning a new chapter -- it’s nice to know what kind of options you have when it comes to living out your golden years. The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, released their 2017 large “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report. In the list they rank 381 U.S. metro areas. The cities are chosen based on several factors, community engagement, general livability, health care, wellness, financial security, education, transportation and convenience, employment and living arrangements. According to researchers, many of the cities are in college towns and all of them have a higher percentage of older residents with college degrees.

  1. Provo-Orem, Utah. Provo-Orem reclaimed the number one spot. The city was number one in 2012. It claimed the top spot due to its “strength of the services and support systems that make it an ideal home for older adults amid a youthful, family-oriented population.” In addition, there’s plenty of opportunities for outdoor exercise, along with low drinking and smoking rates.

  2. Madison, Wisconsin

  3. Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  4. Salt Lake City, Utah

  5. Des Moines - West Des Moines, Iowa

  6. Austin - Round Rock, Texas

  7. Omaha - Council Bluffs, Nebraska, Iowa

  8. Jackson, Mississippi earned their ranking from an affordable cost of living and low tax burden.

  9. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  10. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California

  11. New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

  12. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado

  13. Toledo, Ohio

  14. Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota, Wisconsin

  15. Springfield, Massachusetts

  16. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

  17. Rochester, New York offers affordable living and quality health care. Although the city has low employment and income growth, few older adults live in poverty.

  18. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut

  19. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, Washington, D.C, Virginia, Maryland

  20. Syracuse, New York

The Milken Institute Center also has a top 20 list for small metros. Iowa City, Iowa took the number one spot on that list.