Based in part on the average to low cost of senior housing, Oklahoma City came in the top spot on a recent list of the best large cities in the US for seniors.
Oklahoma City has an average assisted living cost of $39,915 per year and a very low nursing home cost, at 67,160 per year, according to SeniorAdvice’s Senior Score, which is the first comprehensive data-driven scoring system specifically designed to identify and measure the livability for seniors for any location in the United States.
In addition to having a very high number of Medicare registered physicians in the city, Oklahoma City also was found to have an abundance of hospitals in the city and lower than average property taxes. Also, the city rated high in the quality of life category due to low levels of rainfall each year, mild temperatures in the four seasons and very good water quality.
Austin, Texas, and Pittsburgh came in second and third, respectively. They both have well over 100 senior living facilities close to the city. Austin was also found to have a very high quality of life ranking due to the low levels of rainfall each year, very mild winters and very warm summers.
Surprisingly, less than half of the cities on the top 10 list were in warmer climates. Warm climates included Austin, Louisville, Ft. Worth and San Antonio.
The top 10 best cities for seniors were:
- Oklahoma City
- Austin, Texas
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Ft. Worth, Texas
- Richmond, Virginia
- St. Louis
- Omaha, Nebraska
- San Antonio
These findings follow the top 10 most livable states list, also determined by SeniorAdvice. Of the top 10 states list, only four cities in those states were found on this list. Those states were Oklahoma, Virginia, Nebraska, and Texas.
Find the full report on SeniorAdvice.
Written by Alana Stramowski