Minneapolis, Boston top the list of best retirement cities

Lisa Wurth

September 29, 2011

Minneapolis, Boston top list of best retirement citiesMoving into a new home can be stressful, particularly for older adults. One of the most difficult parts of relocating is picking a city. Fortunately, a recent survey from Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement created a list of the best U.S. cities for seniors.

Researchers took into account various U.S. cities' health care options, economy, social environment, housing options, transportation and crime rates, among other aspects of senior life. The rankings may come as a shock to some, as the top of the list isn't dominated by cities in typical senior areas, such as Florida.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, takes the top ranking, followed by Boston, Massachusetts. Rounding out the top five slots are Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, Ohio, and Denver, Colorado, respectively.

While choosing a location is certainly important for seniors who are relocating, there are other things to consider. For instance, older adults may want to take extra measures to make sure their new home is as safe as possible. One way to do this is to fit the home with a medical alarm so that residents can contact loved ones or emergency services in case of an accident.