Study names top cities for retirement

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Is your community located in one of the top cities for healthy retirement living, according to a new study commissioned by the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement?

The study, America's Best Cities for a Healthy (and More Affordable) Retirement, ranked the 60 largest U.S. metropolitan areas on all factors of health and affordability for middle-income retirees, including data in eight categories deemed to be key to the overall health of an area and its residents: healthcare, the economy and affordability, social, wellness, activities, environment, transportation and crime. Each category was statistically weighted to reflect the needs of the retired population. Cities that topped the list had above-average scores for wellness and access to healthcare and some of the highest scores for overall life satisfaction, and social and emotional support. They also were judged to have natural beauty and a wealth of outdoor and cultural activities.

"This study identifies and recognizes cities that provide the services and support that people need to live healthy, happy lives," Scott Goldberg, president of Bankers Life, said in a statement. "We want to show that many healthy places to retire can come with a reasonable cost-of-living price tag that is realistic and attainable for a great number of retirees."

Cities placing in the top 10:

  1. Seattle
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  3. Denver
  4. Portland, Ore.
  5. Hartford, Conn.
  6. Omaha, Neb.
  7. Baltimore
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Cleveland
  10. Salt Lake City

The rest of the top-60 list, and more information about the study, is available online.

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