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Old 08-03-2017, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Best Cities for Successful Aging


This is something I had never heard of, but it was alluded to in another thread so I googled it. There are various things you can click on, such as top 10 large cities and top 10 small cities. There is also an "overview" of their criteria and a more detailed explanation of their methodology.


Although I didn't spend a lot of time on the website, it did seem to me that it was rationally based about as much as these sorts of lists can be. Among the top 10 large cities are two which are horrendously expensive - Boston and San Francisco. But I suppose the chances for "successful aging" are good there if one can afford to live there.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Absolutely nothing on those lists for me. I have visited some of those places, would no way live in any of them.
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:19 PM
 
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You will get the best medical care in the world in those two places...so that figures into it.

As you say, this assumes you can afford it. You will also get some of the best cultural events in the country.

Most people base their decisions on family, friends, distance, comfort, budget and a whole bunch of other criteria. It's a false assumption to think tens of millions are sitting around with maps of the world and thinking "Let's see - where should we move to?".
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:35 PM
 
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I looked at the small cities top 10. Fairbanks, Alaska in the top 10...seriously?? That's almost criminal! (wink, wink)

I looked at the top 100 big cities too...daytona beach was on it. The FBI has declared Daytona Beach the most dangerous city in Florida...and I believe it, having spent time there
http://www.newsdaytonabeach.com/wndb...us-city-in-fl/

These lists just are so problematic.
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:54 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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I live in North Carolina in one of the fastest growing counties in the state for more than ten years. We moved here more than 40 years ago. Durham is about the last place in this state I would move to. Our weather is better, our cost of living is better, we have the largest county park in our state just a few miles down the road. I can hear the loud speaker from the www.queenscup.org sitting on my patio. Wingate College has many live plays throughout the year. CPCC is less than an hour away and also has a theatre group not to mention the group in our county seat. County seat is also on the way to the beach so we enjoy just about any popular food chain in America and some Mom and Pop restaurants.

We are less than three hours from the mountains and the beach. Two zoos are close enough to go on a day trip. I could go on but the post is getting too long. Favorite reasonably priced golf course is less than a mile away. Many historical places within driving distance including the home where Andrew Jackson grew up and the home of James K. Polk's parents. We can enjoy the state parks from both North and South Carolina.

I don't think statistics is the best way to choose a home.

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Old 08-04-2017, 12:50 PM
 
Location: SW US
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I've been pondering this list for a couple of weeks now. Since I'm in my 70's, I've been looking at the ratings for over 80, which is when I figure it might matter more to me. Neither Provo or Iowa City appeal to me. Two places I was considering are rated far lower than the place where I currently live.

It seems to me that one criteria they did not consider was weather. Maybe they think people over 80 never go outside??

But I am feeling more like staying where I am, after looking at this list.
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Of the top 10 small cities (I wouldn't consider living in a big city) all but Fairbanks "fail" on weather. What do these idiots not get about a Midwestern winter being considerably less than desirable? (I know the Alaska winter can be in some ways more severe, but, I would feel like I was "getting something" for it in terms of outdoor recreation).

I'll stay put, thanks.
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Best Cities for Successful Aging


This is something I had never heard of, but it was alluded to in another thread so I googled it. There are various things you can click on, such as top 10 large cities and top 10 small cities. There is also an "overview" of their criteria and a more detailed explanation of their methodology.


Although I didn't spend a lot of time on the website, it did seem to me that it was rationally based about as much as these sorts of lists can be. Among the top 10 large cities are two which are horrendously expensive - Boston and San Francisco. But I suppose the chances for "successful aging" are good there if one can afford to live there.
Those studies and lists are about as good as the minute they are published, then they are out of date or based on things most people do not feel is totally necessary.

I think, from our experience, most people retiring are looking for low cost of living, small crowds, things to do and good climate. If Iowa is so great, why are there so many people from Iowa living right here for instance? As for medical facilities, of course the larger cities are going to have better hospitals as there are more people to support them. For many of us, what we want in medical treatment are doctors that know what they are doing and care about their patients. At least one good hospital with a trauma center, enough specialist to be able to find one you trust and decent 24 hour care. Many of us do not need the very best doctors in the world. We have reached an age where we realize we are not going to live forever. I certainly do not want to live someplace with poor medical facilities. That was one of the biggest problems in NM, but we dont' need the best either.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I am trying to wrap my head around the term "successful aging." What does that even mean? If you age unsuccessfully does that mean you've failed to age so you're dead?

I don't believe I would want to live in any of the cities mentioned even if I could afford to.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:31 PM
 
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if you age unsuccessfully does that mean you've failed to age so you're dead?

LOL :d
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