The words, "senior living" spark thoughts of warm, sunny locales with plenty of golf courses. So a new list of the best metropolitan areas for seniors contains some surprises.
Minneapolis comes out on top, followed by Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Denver, according to a new survey conducted for the Bankers Life and Casualty's Company Center for a Secure Retirement.
The survey evaluated nine major criteria: health care, economy, health and longevity, social, environment, spiritual life, housing, transportation and crime. Each category was statistically weighted to reflect the needs of the senior population.
"We weren't interested in another study on where to enjoy your retirement, but instead wanted to find cities that did the best job in providing the services and support that seniors need," Scott Perry, president of Bankers Life and Casualty Co., said in a statement. "The top-ranked cities aren't what come to mind when you think about where to spend your golden years, but they scored high in the criteria most important to the 65 and up bracket."
Sperling's Best Places, an independent survey administrator, conducted the survey in May for Bankers, a national health and life insurance company. The survey identifies the top 50 metro areas for senior living.
The other cities in the top 10, in order of rank, are Milwaukee; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Newark, N.J.