By John McDevitt

John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –
A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created a first-of-its-kind, data-driven index identifying its best cities for successful aging in the country.

The Milken Institute looked at 359 metropolitan areas. Seventy-eight factors affecting senior citizens were analyzed including health care, crime rates, jobs, housing and transportation. Provo top the large city list followed by Madison, Omaha, Boston and then New York City. Philadelphia ranked 16th. Ross DeVol, co-author of the Best Cities for Successful Aging report points out the positives to seniors in this area.

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“Concentration of universities, access to healthcare and high quality of healthcare certainly important, ease of transportation. Also Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of people walking to work in the country which is something that seniors would see as important.”

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DeVol says he hopes the report sparks regional competition when to comes to the understanding and needs of today’s aging Americans.

For more information on the report, CLICK HERE.

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