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Old 02-22-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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Best cities for successful aging

I thought this was an interesting version of the common "best city" listings. It appears to use quantifiable data to explore this issue and I hope it will help me and DW decide where we'll retire (we plan to move when we retire next year).

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I especially like the interactive map for a quick snapshot of cites around the country and the detailed pages ion each place that allow you to drill down a little. Perhaps others will find this useful too.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:01 PM   #2
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Where's the "thanks" button in the app? At least one other member finds this useful (me).
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We had seen a similar list several years ago. I don't know that it was a big factor in where we ended up, but the reasons it made the list were considered when we decided to take this 2nd career path and relocate. On this list, in the top 10.

University town, thus lots of things going on. Great bus system (heavily supported by the university). Lots of sports, music, talks, art, performances. It doesn't hurt that DW and I graduated from here many years ago.

Housing had a few issues. We decided to build a house taylored to how we want to live, in a location 1.5 blocks from a bus stop. Half mile from a major grocery store (also on the bus line). 2 blocks to where DW gets her hair done, 6 good restaurants within 4 blocks, 2 or 3 banks, small drug store, veterinarian, physical therapy center, 2 or 3 fitness places, all within 4 blocks. Yet, we are away from pedestrian traffic and vehicle traffic (by 1 block).

It fits with how we see retirement moving forward. But, I can also see where it would be far from what many folks are looking for. Thus, I question the true value of rankings like this. I think that they do serve as 'thinking points' for figuring out where you might wish to land.

Notice that many of the top tens are North of I-80. The cold tends to keep out the riff-raff. It also improves the quality (healthiness) of the folks living there, because the beastly winters kill off the weak ones! When you no longer need to be out on the roads first thing in the morning to commute to a j*b, you can choose to stay in when it is exceptionally nasty. And the summers are pleasant. To far south it can get beastly humid and hot during the summer. You can always put on more clothes when it gets cold. You can only take a certain amount off before people start to point and stare. And laugh...
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Where's the "thanks" button in the app? At least one other member finds this useful (me).
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This site reminds me of a book I checked out of the library a couple years ago that used the same type of detailed ranking methodologies. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the book for the life of me and have been unable to find it again. This site is equally as valuable and I've bookmarked it. Many thanks for posting.
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Thanks for sharing. It's a very nice resource.

DW has told me that we can live anywhere I choose - as long as it does not snow there. I did not find a weather filter on the site, so I'll continue searching.
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I thought this was an interesting version of the common "best city" listings. It appears to use quantifiable data to explore this issue and I hope it will help me and DW decide where we'll retire (we plan to move when we retire next year).

Best Cities for Successful Aging

I especially like the interactive map for a quick snapshot of cites around the country and the detailed pages ion each place that allow you to drill down a little. Perhaps others will find this useful too.
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The drilling down from the map is great , just click on it, then in the big description you can click on the bar charts for detail on each category.

It has already shown me a city I need to consider that ranks much better than the ones I knew about in one of my target States for a possible move.
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It is a nice site. Unfortunately for me, none of the places we think we want to live fared well (neither did our current home town), so I have to assume their analysis is totally bogus!

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I had the same reaction!

Why is it, you can never get a rating on "traffic is horrible" and "there is lots of housing, but it's all either 50+ years old or too far out"?

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It is a nice site. Unfortunately for me, none of the places we think we want to live fared well (neither did our current home town), so I have to assume their analysis is totally bogus!

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Most of these lists, IMO including this one, are for entertainment only. For example, Seattle Metro gets low healthcare score. But actually, there are many highly trained GPs and specialists within at most a mile of where I am sitting now. A big city, with good incomes and at least one medical school is always a relatively easy place to find medical care. All these doctors are competing for patients, so they tend to be available.

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Our city is rated 14 for small cities (pop. 297,000 according to this), so that is good. It's above average for financial and medical, also good. Above average for drinking sugary drinks and weight, not so good. But we don't drink cokes and our weights are ok.
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While I agree that any listing system is limited by the input data and how it is evaluated it does address some of these concerns (on a relative scale). For example
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Why is it, you can never get a rating on "traffic is horrible" and "there is lots of housing, but it's all either 50+ years old or too far out"?
It does include data about traffic (Average commute time to work) and housing (Median House Price, and median rental price). The age/distance form the center are not addressed but it gives some indication that can help to cull a long list.
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Seattle Metro gets low healthcare score. But actually, there are many highly trained GPs and specialists within at most a mile of where I am sitting now.
I'm sure this is true but it also ranks "Expenses per Inpatient Day", "ER Wait Times", "% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation"... which some may find useful.

While I agree no list is going to tell you where to retire I think this does serve as a better-than-average overview.
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Rationally speaking, you are correct. I was just ranting.

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While I agree that any listing system is limited by the input data and how it is evaluated it does address some of these concerns (on a relative scale). For example

It does include data about traffic (Average commute time to work) and housing (Median House Price, and median rental price). The age/distance form the center are not addressed but it gives some indication that can help to cull a long list.

I'm sure this is true but it also ranks "Expenses per Inpatient Day", "ER Wait Times", "% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation"... which some may find useful.

While I agree no list is going to tell you where to retire I think this does serve as a better-than-average overview.
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Seriously...nowhere have I ever seen ratings for "graciousness," "elegance," and "able to go wherever I want without competing with 9,000,000 other people to get there."

I guess what I really want is Rivendell.

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