The Banker’s Life Center for a Secure Retirement has published its list of the top U.S. cities for a healthy retirement. The list is unique, as it avoids stereotypical retirement locations such as beach towns, explains Scott Goldberg, president of Banker’s Life.
“The purpose of this study wasn’t to compile a list of where to enjoy beaches, golf courses or other amenities that stereotypically describe retirement. In fact, only one warm, coastal city ranked in the top 20. This study identifies and recognizes cities that provide the services and support that people need to live healthy, happy lives,” Goldberg said.
The study evaluated 60 of the U.S.’s largest cities, ranking them based on factors such as quality healthcare, economy, transportation, crime rates, affordability, and available activities. Two Pacific Northwest cities made it onto the top 5 list.
Here are the top 5 healthiest cities for retirement. The complete list can be found here.
- Harford, Connecticut
A survey revealed that Hartford has one of the highest concentrations of baby boomers in the U.S. This large senior population has made volunteering and social involvement possible for retirees. As a bonus, Harford is within driving distance of New York City.
- Portland, Oregon
Portland offers a lot for retirees including outdoor activities and a beautiful landscape. In addition, the city is within driving distance from many outdoor destinations such as mountains, hiking trails, beaches, and wine country.
- Denver, Colorado
Close to the Rocky Mountains, Denver has many sports and activities to choose from. Denver is also known for its cultural offerings, ranking high because of its many social activities for retirees.
- Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota
The Twin Cities makes it on the list because retirees in the area report feeling satisfied and having healthy social lives. The proximity to the Mayo Clinic means quality healthcare is nearby for retirees.
1. Seattle, Washington
Seattle ranks at the top of the list mainly for its beautiful outdoor destinations and many cultural activities. Seattle is near a number of national parks. Cultural activities include the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet among many others.