Population over 65: 10.1 percent
The details: The Houston area scores well on general livability, financial security, living arrangements and employment, but low on education and community engagement.
The region, known for being a center for the oil and gas industry, is booming, with a strong economy and job growth, affordable housing and a relatively low tax rate.
Small businesses, jobs and wages all have strong growth, and the unemployment rate is moderate. The cost of living is slightly less than the national average.
The Houston area has moderate levels of physical activity, Alzheimer’s, obesity, smoking, depression and diabetes. The costs of nursing homes, adult day services and home health care are low, and most older adults are able to live at home. The city has a high number of hospital beds, rehab services, dialysis centers, and medical and diagnostic centers. It has moderate to good levels of specialized services, such as geriatric services, long-term hospitals and orthopedic surgeons.