The Milken Institute’s third Best Cities assessment is a valuable resource for community-based encore efforts. The report analyzes nine “livability” categories in large and small metropolitan areas that apply to people of all ages. 

With the largest-ever population of older adults seeking to age in place—most living in metropolitan areas—we all have a stake in improving our cities. The Milken Institute’s third Best Cities for Successful Aging report rates 361 large and small cities on nine factors, providing a wealth of information for governments, citizens and organizations. Sub-scores for age groups 65 to 79 and 80+ provide additional insights.

Paul Irving, chair of the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, commented, “Our aim is to help people fulfill the potential of their later years, a potential that, research tells us, can immensely benefit not just older adults but individuals across the age spectrum and the broader society as well. As we create better cities for older adults, we create communities that are livable for people of all ages. Why a rankings system? By stirring virtuous competition, we hope to galvanize improvement in the social structures that serve a growing urban population. We want to encourage best practices and innovation along with solutions-focused dialogue among thought leaders, decision-makers, and stakeholders.”

The Best Cities materials also highlight “Programs with Purpose” and “Initiatives for Innovation,” and provides an update on the growing “Mayor’s Pledge” campaign.

Read the report and find a full list of rankings on the website.

Published March 24, 2017