The Best Metros To Age In Place

Florence, S.C., ranked first, followed by Macon, Ga., Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Vero Beach, Fla., and Texarkana, Texas

August 7, 2017
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Florence, S.C., has everything that older adults need and want. The city of 38,000 people has a group of hospitals and home health aides, a redeveloped downtown with museums and a $18 million library, and affordable homes suited for Baby Boomers. The median list price in Florence is $165,200, and 22,000 homes have been redesigned or modified with features that accommodate older residents.

Realtor.com ranked the best places to age in place based on factors including costs of living, senior populations, the number of local health centers and golf courses, and the amount of homes that have senior-friendly features.

Florence ranked first, followed by Macon, Ga., Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Vero Beach, Fla., and Texarkana, Texas. At $114,400, Saginaw, Mich., had the lowest median home list price among metros in the top 10.

One shocker: Florida did not come out on top. Miami—once known as "God’s Waiting Room," for its preponderance of elderly residents—ranked only as the 113th best U.S. city to age in place. The very worst to age in place is Burlington, VT.

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