America is facing a huge demographic shift: 20 percent of people in the U.S. will be 65 or older by 2030. The country, particularly its cities, will need to adjust to the challenges of having large groups of retired and aging adults in their communities.
A recent study by the Milken Institute found that how well or how poorly people age in America can be linked to specific indicators, including general livability, health care, transportation, convenience, living arrangements (including factors such as housing costs and supportive living services) and community engagement.
Some indicators, such as general liveability, health care, wellness and financial security, are more important for aging adults. Other factors, such as education, transportation or employment, are considered less important for seniors, so are weighted less heavily in the the Milken study’s final results.
Therefore, the best metro regions in America for working or raising a family may not also be the best cities for aging well or retiring, although often cities can overlap categories. (The Milken study includes both cities and metro regions that may extend beyond a core urban area.)
Here’s a list of the best 50 cities and metro areas for aging well, according to the Milken Institute study.