Based in part on the lower costs for home health care, a list of the top 10 best cities for seniors was compiled, and Oklahoma City came in at number one.
Oklahoma City has average home health care costs of $46,057 per year, according to SeniorAdvice’s SeniorScore, 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.
The cities on the list with the lowest costs for home health care were Louisville, Kentucky, Fort Worth, Texas and Richmond, Virginia. They each came in with an average annual cost of $43,472, which is lower than the national average.
Austin, Texas, and Pittsburgh came in second and third, respectively. They both have well over 100 senior living facilities close to the city. Austin, Texas, was also found to have a very high quality of life ranking due to the low levels of rainfall each year, the very mild winters and very warm summers.
Surprisingly, less than half of the cities on the top 10 list are in warmer climates. Warm climates included Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Ft. Worth, Texas, and San Antonio.
The top 10 best cities for seniors were:
1. Oklahoma City
2. Austin, Texas
4. Louisville, Kentucky
5. Ft. Worth, Texas
6. Richmond, Virginia
7. St. Louis
8. Omaha, Nebraska
10. 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.
Written by Alana Stramowski