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Where You Should Retire: Florida & Arizona May Not Be It

A recent report shows that seniors who are looking to settle down as they grow older would be better moving to the Midwest rather than to the sunny shores of Florida or the deserts of Arizona.

Florida is well known as a recreation and community when it comes to places for seniors to age. However, when it comes to the best states or cities for where you should retire, Florida is not considered one of them. Cities that are considered the best are ones that offer employment and educational opportunities, transportation options, along with quality healthcare.

The Milken Institute in Santa Monica, California found that best large cities for seniors are the ones who kept seniors (over 65) still working, healthy and educated.

Based on current senior surveys, researchers developed a set of 78 various indicators of success in seniors, from the number of fast-food franchises, to the number of available doctors to the cost of living. The findings were used to complete a picture of what it takes to grow older while still maintaining happiness and health.

Seniors are as complex as other generations and what some of the same things. They enjoy activities that are fun and like to do things that keep them feeling alive and free. Cities that provide those activities become more popular places for seniors to age.

Provo-Orem, Utah is one of those cities because it offers the right activities to make seniors more successful in wellness. It came third best where education, employment and education stands.

There were 259 cities looked at when it came to the study of top places for seniors to age, and both manpower and resources became a huge factor. Sioux Falls, S.D. showed the best in employment rate for seniors 65 and older.

Top ten major cities, according to the Milken Institute are:

1. Provo, Utah

2. Madison, Wis.

3. Omaha, Nebraska

4. Boston, MA

5. New York

6. Des Moines, Iowa

7. Salt Lake City

8. Toledo, Ohio

9. Washington, D.C.

10. Pittsburgh, PA


Top 10 small cities, according to the Milken Institute are:

1. Sioux Falls, S.D.

2. Iowa City

3. Bismarck, N.D.

4. Columbia, Mo.

5. Rochester, Minn.

6. Gainesville, Fla.

7. Ann Arbor, Mich.

8. Missoula, Mont.

9. Durham, N.C.

10. Rapid City, S.D.



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