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AARP’s Livability Index!

September 22, 2018

AARP rates every U.S. city, town, and neighborhood on seven categories (from more than 50 unique data sources) to come up with their livability index.  The categories include:

  • Health (prevention, access, and quality)
    • The best cities. . . East Palo Alto, Calif., and Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Housing (affordability and access)
    • The best city. . . Sun City, Ariz.
  • Engagement (civic and social involvement)
    • The best city . . . Fruit Cove, Fla.
  • Opportunity (inclusion and possibilities)
    • The best city . . . Tooele, Utah
  • Environment (clean air and water)
    • The best cities . . . Quincy, Ill., Anderson, S.C., Bloomington, Ind.*, Kent, Ohio*
  • Neighborhoods (access to life, work, and play)
    • The best cities . . . West New York, N.J., and Hoboken, N.J.*
  • Transportation (safe and convenient options)
    • The best city . . . Union City, N.J.

The most livable BIG cities (population of at least 500,000)
1. San Francisco, Calif.*
2. Boston, Mass.*
3. Seattle, Wash.*
4. Denver, Colo.*
5. Milwaukee, Wisc.*
6. New York, N.Y.*
7. Portland, Ore.*
8. Austin, Texas*
9. Philadelphia, Pa.*
10. Washington, D.C.*

The most livable small cities (population 100,000 to 499,999)
1. Madison, Wis.*
2. Arlington, Va.
3. St. Paul, Minn.
4. Boulder, Colo.*
5. Minneapolis, Minn.*
6. Rochester, Minn.*
7. Cambridge, Mass.*
8. Columbia, Md.
9. Alexandria, Va.
10. Berkeley, Calif.*

The most livable towns (population 25,000 to 99,999)
1. Fitchburg, Wis.
2. Sheboygan, Wis.
3. LaCross, Wis.*
4. Lafayette, Colo.
5. Silver Spring, Md.
6. Sun Prairie, Wis.
7. Bismark, N.D.
8. Brookline, Mass.
9. Harrisburg, Pa.
10. Portland, Maine*

*includes a major four-year university

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, pp. 34-35.

 

So, Are You Looking for New Friends?

December 4, 2015

Cities where the residents interact with, and look out for, family, friends, and neighbors, join civic groups, vote in high numbers, and have easy access to the digital world are often good places to live.   Here are the top ten cities for making new friends (based on city size — small, medium, and large).  For more details, check out AARP’s Livability Index.

Small cities
1.  Rapid City, SD
2.  Bismarck, ND
3.  Franklin, TN
4.  Kearney, NE
5.  Wheeling, WV
6.  Brentwood, TN
7.  Portland, ME
8.  West Fargo, ND
9.  South Portland, ME
10.  Owatonna, MN

Medium Cities
1.  Sioux Falls, SD
2.  Fargo, ND
3.  Springfield, IL
4.  Cedar Rapids, IA
5.  Tallahassee, FL
6.  Madison, WI
7.  Lincoln, NE
8.  Springfield, MO
9.  New Orleans, LA
10.  Gresham, OR

Large Cities
1.  Washington, DC
2.  Portland, OR
3.  Nashville, TN
4.  Jacksonville, FL
5.  Philadelphia, PA
6.  Milwaukee, WI
7.  Boston, MA
8.  Austin, TX
9.  San Francisco, CA
10.  Columbus, OH

Source: AARP Bulletin (May 2015)