The Milken Institute, founded by financier Michael Milken, has analyzed 252 small cities and rated them on their ability to provide healthy, productive and purposeful lives for their aging residents.
The rankings are based a wide range of factors that promote age-friendly communities such as health care, wellness, living arrangements, transportation/convenience, financial well being, employment/educational opportunities, community engagement, and overall livability.
The following 15 cities offer aging residents the ability to lead fulfilling lives with No. 1 receiving the highest score. Part 1 of this report ranked the top large metro areas for aging well.
This college town is home to West Virginia University, which helps propel economic growth and provides employment opportunities for mature residents as well as educational options. The city rates high for its large selection of doctors, orthopedic surgeons and nurses, and health care is affordable. Crime rates are low, but housing is expensive and there are elevated levels of obesity and diabetes.