The first data-driven senior livability index identifies top cities that are gay-friendly for older adults.
AUSTIN, TX -- SeniorAdvice.com, one of the nation's top senior housing referral services, released a list of America's the top cities for gay-friendly retirement today. The company created SeniorScore™, the first comprehensive un-biased scoring system specifically designed to identify and measure the livability for seniors, and most recently determined the top gay-friendly cities for seniors.
SeniorAdvice.com recognizes that the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) older adult community is currently a very important part of the American population to consider. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 39 million people in the U.S. are age 65 years or older including 1.5 million people who identify as LGBT. Furthermore, as the baby boomer generation ages, the senior population will increase from 12.8 percent to an estimated 19 percent in 2030, meaning that the LGBT senior niche will undoubtedly grow as well.
The following U.S. cities have been named by SeniorScore™ as the most accommodating for LGBT seniors based on a data-driven algorithm:
- Austin, TX
- Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
- Atlanta, GA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Orlando, FL
- Tampa, FL
- Portland, OR
- Seattle, WA
- Columbus, OH
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Dallas, TX
- Las Vegas, NV
- San Francisco, CA
- Houston, TX
To assemble the list of gay-friendly cities, SeniorAdvice.com utilized SeniorScore™, to determine the best cities in general for seniors. The ranking is calculated by compiling and factoring over 100 variables, including access to health care and number of senior residents, to help determine how well a specific location accommodates the comfort and needs of senior citizens. SeniorScore™ takes into account four different categories: health and safety, recreation and leisure, finance, and general quality of life. The range for SeniorScore™ is 0-100, however, no city scored a perfect score due to the nature of the variables. In addition to an overall score, SeniorScore™ also identifies a specific score for each of these categories in order to cater to user preferences. The SeniorScore™ is un-biased and is not influenced by personal opinion or financial interests in any way.
After considering the top cities for seniors through SeniorScore™, SeniorAdvice.com carefully researched and identified individual variables and conveniences specifically for the LGBT community. Some of these specific considerations include: acceptance of the LGBT community; gay-friendly bars, clubs and other establishments; LGBT festivals and other recreational activities; level of legal protection for gay, lesbian, and trans residents; and presence of gay senior groups.
"SeniorAdvice.com is an invaluable resource for seniors, their family members, and caregivers to help find the most livable locations. We're also very dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and we wanted to make sure we could assist members of the gay and lesbian community in finding the best locations for retirement and senior housing," said SeniorAdvice.com CEO and Founder, Ryan Patterson. Users can determine the livability index in their current city or zip code, or if they're searching for assisted living or new housing, SeniorScore™ can help find an adequate location based on multiple factors. It also assists users in understanding how their current home compares with other locations in terms of livability for older adults. "We are very excited about the numerous ways in which SeniorScore™ can be utilized and we've already come up with multiple city and state rankings," said SeniorAdvice.com Director of Social Media and Community Relations, Lori Thomas.
SeniorAdvice.com has previously released two lists of rankings: The "Top Ten Large Cities in America for Seniors" and the "Top Ten Medium-Sized Cities in America for Seniors." The company plans on releasing additional lists based on various SeniorScore™ factors such as, the "Best Five States for Retirement Finances" and the "Top Cities for Senior Fun and Recreation."
For more information on SeniorScore™, visit http://www.senioradvice.com/seniorscore. To view details regarding the top gay-friendly cities in America for seniors, visit https://www.senioradvice.com/articles/americas-best-cities-for-gay-friendly-retirement.
Launched in 2016, SeniorAdvice.com connects older people and their support systems to more than 50,000 housing options. The free senior living search engine contains comprehensive information on providers nationwide, including assisted living, nursing homes, memory care, home healthcare, independent living, adult day services, retirement homes, respite care, and hospice.