Milken Institute Report – Best Cities for Aging

By Barbara Heller
In September 30, 2014
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best-cities-reportAmerica is growing older. The implications and costs of this extraordinary demographic shift are now upon us. Despite the strain on health-care and social-safety nets, many communities are well-positioned to help mature Americans age in place. The Milken Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging index identifies what these metros are doing right and creates a path other communities can follow to help their seniors remain healthy, active and engaged.

(Click report image for link to the .pdf file) The index also has separate rankings for the 100 largest cities and 259 smaller metropolitan areas to account for the disparity in their potential resources and the lack of certain data for the smaller metros. Data categories include General Size, Quality of Health Care resources, availability of Wellness Programming, Variety of appropriate Living Arrangements, Employment and Education opportunites, Transportation infrastructure and Community Engagement. The user-friendly report sheds light on the needs and interests of this important segment of our population and will be of great use to Park and Rec programmers.

Here (below) is how the rankings are presented, followed by descriptions of when a city “Nailed It” or “Needs Work”. Enjoy!

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In case you are pressed for time, here are the top 10 from each category.

Top 10 Large Cities (Out of 100 most populous metropolitan areas)

  1. Provo
  2. Madison
  3. Omaha
  4. Boston
  5. New York
  6. Des Moines (tied with Salt Lake City)
  7. Salt Lake City
  8. Toledo
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Pittsburgh

Top 10 Small Cities (Out of 259 remaining metropolitan areas)

  1. Sioux Falls, SD
  2. Iowa City, IA
  3. Bismarck, ND
  4. Columbia, MO
  5. Rochester, MN
  6. Gainesville, FL
  7. Ann Arbor, MI
  8. Missoula, MT
  9. Durham, NC
  10. Rapid City, SD

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