Senior, Single and Able to Mingle? These cities are “nice” for older singles, based on the AARP
Sometimes Cupid shoots his shot later in life. And it seems to be especially active in big cities, according to the American Association of Retired Persons, the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to empowering those over 50.
The group recently released a list of great cities for older singles looking to start something new. The cities highlighted on the AARP list are reportedly “more conducive to dating,” according to pension experts and Empircal data aggregated by the organization.
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AARP determined what a great city for an elderly individual would be based on a “viability rating” between 0 and 100, taking into account the total population of seniors in each city (65 and over) playing a role in a retiree’s chance of making love with one to find another single. The size, location and access to health care facilities of each city were also taken into account.
“The Livability Index can help you figure out what compromises residents in each community are making. For example, some of the places we consider desirable may be socially isolated or have other challenges that we may not see at first.” Rodney Harrell, vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute, told Fox News. “The results in the index take a high-level look at 40 metrics to see how each community is building, and we also examine the public guidelines to see if community leaders are working to improve some of these challenges.”
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The five US cities that received the highest AARP viability scores were Austin, New York City, Denver, Arlington, and Madison – but again, the AARP reviewed additional factors to make its determinations.
AARP viability value: 57
The city of Austin reportedly has 81,322 seniors compared to 741,176 adults, and the population is growing rapidly, according to AARP. The world’s capital for live music had the highest scores for health (68), civic and social engagement (64), neighborhood (59) and housing (59).
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AARP viability value: 58
Out of the entire list, New York City has the largest proportion of seniors at nearly 1.2 million. NYC received an almost perfect score in the transportation category (91) for its accessibility and the variety of options available. The city also got high marks in the neighborhood category (81) and a moderate score of 50 for health (50).
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Sometimes Cupid shoots his shot later in life. And it appears to be particularly active in big cities, according to AARP – America’s premier nonprofit dedicated to empowering the 50 and older. (iStock)
AARP viability value: 60
Denver is the third largest senior city in the top 5 with 78,751 seniors out of an adult population of over half a million. AARP highlighted Mile High City as a great place for seniors with an active lifestyle or outdoor hobbies. The city’s three main categories were health (76), transport (70), and neighborhood (66).
AARP viability value: 65
While Arlington isn’t technically a city, County Virginia made it onto AARP’s radar as a good place for older singles. The county is in close proximity to Washington, DC, where residents have access to typical city benefits such as a variety of dining and entertainment options.
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Arlington has a senior population of 24,465 out of 191,897 adults in the county. The district received an almost perfect rating in terms of health (95) and good grades in the categories neighborhood (76) and traffic (70).
AARP identified 10 cities that are great for older singles in 2021, but only five received viability scores higher than 56 (out of 100) including Austin, New York, Denver, Arlington, and Madison. (iStock)
AARP viability value: 66
The city that received the highest viability from AARP was Madison, which despite its relatively small senior population of 28,516, offers active social opportunities thanks to its 38 age groups. Madison was nicknamed Mad City and received high scores for civic and social engagement (81), health (72), and neighborhood (67).
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The other five cities that made the AARP list were Pittsburgh; Springfield, Mass .; Sun City, Ariz .; The Villages in Florida; and Palm Springs, all of which received a viability score greater than 45 (on a 100 point scale). Read the full report here to see the rest of the AARP list and the reasons for each city’s inclusion.