Best U.S. Cities for Seniors 2011

September 2011

Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement sponsored a survey to determine the best metropolitan areas for senior living. The cities were rated based on nine categories that are key to seniors' quality of life: healthcare, transportation, housing, social, crime, environment, economy, health and longevity, and spiritual life. Download the Full Study

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Top 25 U.S. Cities for Seniors 2011


  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Pittsburgh, PA
  4. Cleveland, OH
  5. Denver, CO
  6. Milwaukee, WI
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Portland, OR
  9. Kansas City, MO
  10. Newark, NJ
  11. Nassau-Suffolk Cty, NY
  12. Philadelphia, PA
  13. Edison, NJ
  14. St. Louis, MO
  15. Baltimore, MD
  16. Oklahoma City, OK
  17. Salt Lake City, UT
  18. Providence, RI
  19. Seattle, WA
  20. Indianapolis, IN
  21. Cincinnati, OH
  22. Columbus, OH
  23. Washington, DC
  24. Austin, TX
  25. Chicago, IL

Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement recently commissioned a survey of the  Best U.S. Cities for Seniors. Conducted by research firm Sperling's Best Places, the July 2011 study ranked 50 cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas on a universal set of criteria, from transportation and housing to healthcare and the environment.

To determine the rankings, Sperling's Best Places assembled and reviewed independent data from existing city and state government records, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American Medical Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicare databases and a number of other verified sources.

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