News media and other coverage of Best Cities for Successful Aging

Forbes: The Milken Institute's Best Big And Small Cities For Successful Aging

Next Avenue: The Best Big and Small Cities for Successful Aging

Miami Herald: Florida may be a retirement mecca, but it doesn't rank high in how it helps people age

Daily Herald: Provo/Orem tops 2017 best cities for aging rankings

CNBC: Best cities for your 'anti-retirement'

What Mayors are Saying

"The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging's 'Best Cities for Successful Aging' report recognizes something all in Provo know. We live in a very special place. We value our health, economic vitality, housing infrastructure, and other amenities--but our sense of community makes Provo stand out. Provo cares. I'm proud that we've been recognized as a great place to age and very pleased to join the many other mayors across America who have signed the Center for the Future of Aging's 'Mayor's Pledge'." — Mayor John Curtis, Provo Utah

"Making a community that is a great place to age successfully depends on a strong network of governmental, nonprofit, and private service providers and policymakers. There is no silver bullet to creating this sense of community - all sectors must work together toward this goal and incorporate inclusive values into our decision making processes. People are healthier in lively, walkable, social communities and Iowa City takes great pride in our policies and programs that support this vibrancy. The qualities that make Iowa City a wonderful place in which to age successfully also create an outstanding home for persons and families of all ages." — Mayor James A. Throgmorton, Iowa City, Iowa

"Cities have an essential role in creating a better quality of life for aging residents. As Mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, I saw first-hand how poor planning and neglect in our nation's cities can devastate aging lives. The Milken Mayor's Pledge and the Best Cities for Successful Aging Report call attention to both our current shortfalls and to the best practices of city leaders who are proving we can do much better." — Henry Cisneros

"Boston is a city that all ages call home, and we celebrate that diversity," said Mayor Walsh. "By providing seniors with housing options, opportunities for civic and social engagement, and transportation, we are ensuring that older adults continue to lead healthy and productive lives in Boston. I'm proud to lead and be a part of this great Age Friendly city." — Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston, Massachusetts

"Boulder's commitment to being a welcoming and inclusive community encompasses providing opportunities and services for residents throughout their entire lives. From pursuing housing options that promote aging in place to creating life-enriching programming that builds multi-generational relationships, we are committed to supporting and celebrating our growing senior population." — Mayor Suzanne Jones, Boulder, Colorado

"Broken Arrow is proud to serve our older adult population. They give so much of their time and energy into making our city better, I believe their efforts have led to our community's many accolades as one of the best places to raise a family and one of the friendliest cities in the nation. Broken Arrow is committed to being one of the Best Cities for Successful Aging and will continue supporting age-friendly programs." — Mayor Craig Thurmond, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

"The City of Carlsbad, New Mexico, is committed to providing the highest standard of services and facilities for all of its citizens. Carlsbad is a wonderful city with friendly people and beautiful natural surroundings, and we all enjoy working together to focus on issues such as health care, culture, transportation and recreation." — Mayor Dale Janway, Carlsbad, New Mexico

"One of my most important commitments as Mayor is to help legacy residents age in place. Who are legacy residents? They are individuals who are long time citizens who have remained committed to our city during its ups and downs and who have an affirmative decision to spend their golden years in Gary. We owe these residents a special debt of gratitude and support." — Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, Indiana

"People should be able to live where they choose, no matter their age — and they should know that everything from infrastructure to recreational activities will be available and accessible at every stage of life," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We launched Purposeful Aging LA to make sure that people of all ages are considered as we build the Los Angeles of the future. The Milken Institute's 2017 Best Cities for Successful Aging Report is a critical tool in helping us better understand the progress we're making toward making our city more livable for older adults." — Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, California

"Manhattan, Kansas takes great pride in engaging all residents to meet the needs of our community. We thrive on the rich experiences and knowledge of our older generation as we move forward in an ever-changing world. Our genuine friendly nature make Manhattan one of the best places to live. Whether it's helping shovel the snow or an indoor space for pickle ball, we look out for each other. We are an extended family." — Mayor Usha Reddi, Manhattan, Kansas

"Most likely more than any other city in the U.S., Miami is identified as the paradise for retirees. We have a large population of aging residents who deserve and expect to have a good quality of services, care and life. We have been seriously committed to those goals and we are pleased and honored to join a nonprofit national organization with identical purposes." — Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami, Florida

"The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging's 'Best Cities for Successful Aging' report underscores the critical need in cities across the country to ensure that our older population has the services and supports needed to live with dignity. I'm proud that Pembroke Pines has been an innovative leader in developing everything from specific aging services and programming to transportation and housing to assist this population. I hope that others will follow the example we're working hard to set." — Mayor Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines, Florida

"A city that embraces diversity, from all perspectives, has a dynamic and strong foundation for a future that is vibrant. One dimension of diversity is the support and engagement of our seniors whose work, commitment and vision provided the base for our growth and success. As mentors, examples and leaders, our seniors affirm their lives are a fundamental part of the fabric of our city." — Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia

See what more mayors are saying about Best Cities for Successful Aging.

Press release

LOS ANGELES—The Milken Institute today released the third edition of its "Best Cities for Successful Aging" report and index, a collaboration between the Institute's Center for the Future of Aging and its Research Department. The report evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation's growing population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health.

The top 10 large and small metropolitan areas for 2017 are:

   Rankings – Large Metros   

Rankings – Small Metros


Provo-Orem, UT


Iowa City, IA


Madison, WI


Manhattan, KS


Durham-Chapel Hill, NC


Ames, IA


Salt Lake City, UT


Columbia, MO


Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA


Sioux Falls, SD


Austin-Round Rock, TX


Ann Arbor, MI


Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA


Ithaca, NY


Jackson, MS


Lawrence, KS


Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH


Logan, UT-ID


San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA


Fairbanks, AK

More than 80 percent of Americans age 65-plus live in metropolitan areas,1 and nearly 90 percent of older adults in the U.S. want to age in their homes and communities.2 Thus, the "Best Cities for Successful Aging" index is not intended to identify the locales to which older adults should retire. Instead, the index and report are designed to highlight the nation's most livable metropolitan areas—those that enable an optimal quality of life for their aging citizens. 

"Cities are on the front lines of the largest demographic shift in history," said Paul Irving, Chairman of the Center for the Future of Aging. "Lifespans are extending into eight, nine, and ten decades, and older adults increasingly are seeking lifelong engagement and purpose. They expect their cities and communities to support their changing needs."

To evaluate the metropolitan areas that foster the best overall quality of life for older adults, the Milken Institute utilized public data--83 indicators across nine categories. These categories included general livability, health care, wellness, financial security, living arrangements, employment, education, transportation and convenience, and community engagement.

The Mayor's Pledge

Recognizing the pivotal role of mayors and other local government officials in championing a supportive environment for an aging population, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging in 2014 launched The Mayor's Pledge. Since its inception, nearly 200 mayors across the United States have joined this movement for purposeful, healthy aging and committed to making their cities work better for older residents. View the list of pledging mayors.

Programs With Purpose

In addition, the Milken Institute canvassed the country to discover programs and projects spearheaded by nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and businesses that engage older adults and bring positive change to their lives and communities. The Programs With Purpose detailed in the new edition of the report represent a few of the initiatives that serve as examples for others to emulate.

"The policies, programs, and features that we highlight in 'Best Cities for Successful Aging' are not just important for older adults," said Irving. "Throughout our lives, we seek meaning and purpose. A vibrant economy, efficient transportation, effective health services, learning opportunities, and accessible housing enable all individuals and communities to prosper."

To read "Best Cities for Successful Aging" and explore the interactive data site, visit

About the Milken Institute
The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. It does this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives.

About the Center for the Future of Aging
The mission of the Milken Institute's Center for the Future of Aging is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging. 

Jill Posnick
Executive Director, Communications 
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Tania Pantoja
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1 United States Department of Health and Human Services

Past Coverage

Wall Street Journal: The Best Places to Grow Old

Huffington Post: Top 20 Small Cities For Successful Aging

CNN Money: Forget Florida. The best cities for retirees

Forbes: Here are the best cities for successful aging

Huffington Post: Milken Names the 5 Best Cities for Getting Older in the U.S.

The New York Times: Finding a Retirement Haven to Suit You

TIME Magazine: The 20 Best Big Cities for Growing Older

Yahoo! Finance: The best US cities for retirement

Yahoo! News: These are the best U.S. cities to grow old in

AARP News: The Most Age-Friendly Places to Live

USA Today: Retiree stats, etc., to be thankful for

Boston Globe: Finding a retirement haven to suit you

PBS: Here Are the Best Cities for Successful Aging