As the U.S. population continues to age overall, many people are beginning to wonder if their current communities are still a good fit for them as retirement grows near. Just recently, AARP released a new online tool which grades every neighborhood in the U.S. based on a number of important criteria, making it easier for aging Americans to think about where they should retire.
This isn’t another one of those “top ten places to retire” lists that already flood the web, but a realistic ranking system that offers thoughtful analysis of places to retire based on a number of different factors. These factors include: affordability, health care, public safety, public transportation, education and culture. Simply type in any address and the tool will calculate a score from 0-100 based on seven different attributes: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, civic engagement, and opportunity.
The highest-ranking cities are San Francisco with a score of 66, Madison, Wisconsin with a score of 68, and La Crosse, Wisconsin (70). It’s important to take note that even the top ranking cities only receive fairly mediocre scores. This makes the scores much more reliable and trustworthy because it shows that no community is perfect, and each has it’s downsides.
So, as the number of households headed by someone 70 or older will increase to 42% by 2025, this conversation could not be more relevant.
Take a minute and plug in your address and see how your community scores. It might be time to look for a new place to settle.