L.A. lags in list of best cities to grow old

olderpeople.jpgEven with good weather and great medical facilities, L.A. ranked only 30th out of 100 metro areas in a Milken Institute report. Kind of embarrassing, what with NY, Boston, and Washington, D.C. making the top 10. Among the components used in the rankings: health care, living arrangements, transportation/convenience, financial well-being, and employment/education. At least L.A. was 15th in the 80+ category, presumably helped by weather and health care. From the report:

Don't confuse the Milken Institute Best Cities for Successful Aging index with the many rankings and opinion polls that identify the sunniest or most inexpensive spots to live out retirement. Up to 90 percent of older Americans want to age in place, according to a recent survey by AARP, and our goal is to enhance their communities so they can do so with the greatest quality of life possible.

Here are the top 10:

1)Provo, Utah

2)Madison, Wisconsin

3)Omaha, Nebraska


5)New York

6)Des Moines, Iowa

6)Salt Lake City

8)Toledo, Ohio

9)Washington, D.C.


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