PORTLAND, OREGON TOPS BEST CITIES FOR SENIORS SAYS NEW STUDY FROM BANKERS LIFE AND CASUALTY COMPANY
Thursday, July 7, 2005
CHICAGO (July 7, 2005) - A new survey
conducted for Bankers Life and Casualty Company reveals Portland,
Ore. is the best city in the United States for senior living with
Seattle, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh rounding out the
A panel of experts on gerontology and senior issues identified
the qualities for optimal senior living. Major categories were:
health, disease, economics, social, environment, spiritual,
transportation, housing, and crime. Each category was statistically
weighted to reflect the needs of the senior population.
"We find the survey results contain some cities we don't often
associate with senior living," said Bankers' Chief Operating
Officer Scott Perry.
"That's because we weren't looking for the best places to be
retired, but the best cities for seniors regardless of whether they
are retired, working, active or non, healthy or not. It's about
more than golf courses and tennis courts," he said.
Categories for the survey were suggested by Robert Butler, M.D.,
President and CEO of the International Longevity Center, New York;
Joan Frankel, Senior Consultant of Health and Human Services, Metro
Chicago Information Center; and Susan Morisato, formerly Senior
Vice President of Product Management and Chief Actuary at Bankers.
The survey was conducted by veteran survey administrator Sperling's
Best Places and identified the top 50 metro areas in the U.S.
The Health category included criteria such as physician to
senior ratio, gerontologist to senior ratio, hospitals per capita,
and availability of adult day care, assisted living facilities,
continuing care (CCRC) facilities, independent living facilities,
nursing homes, and senior meals.
Housing included cost of living, median home price,
property taxes and monthly apartment rent.
Transportation included public transportation, special
access transportation, and commuting times.
Social included the percentage of seniors,
entertainment, the arts, museums, education, recreation, colleges,
Crime included violent crime and property crime.
Environment included sunny days, clean air, clean water, natural
disaster risk, ocean coastline, rivers and lakes, and national
Economy included consumer prices, sales taxes,
unemployment rate, and recent job growth.
Disease included life expectancy, age 85 expectancy,
depression rate, heart disease, and cancer rates.
Spiritual included percent of population belonging to
organized religions and the number of religious congregations.
Cities or metro areas ranking at positions 46-50 were:
Riverside-San Bernardino, Cal., Orange County, Cal., Nassau and
Suffolk Counties, N.Y., Miami, Fla., and Bergen and Passaic
Counties, N.J. For a complete listing, visit Bankers online at www.bankers.com.
About Bankers Life and Casualty
Established in 1879 and headquartered
at the historic Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, Bankers Life
and Casualty Company focuses exclusively on the financial security
needs of seniors. The company offers a broad portfolio of health
and life insurance and retirement savings products designed
especially for seniors. These products are distributed through a
national network of professionally trained company agents. Visit us
online at www.bankers.com.
|Bankers' Best Cities for Seniors
||Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.
||Seattle , Wash.
||San Francisco , Cal.
||San Antonio, Tex.
||Milwaukee , Wis.
||Philadelphia , Penn.
||Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
||New York , N.Y.
||Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
||Boston , Mass.
||Cincinnati , Ohio
||San Diego, Cal.
||Chicago , Ill.
||Cleveland , Ohio
||Salt Lake City , Utah
||San Jose, Cal.
||Detroit , Mich.
||Fort Worth-Arlington, Tex.
||New Orleans , La.
||Indianapolis , Ind.
||Kansas City , Kan.
||Las Vegas, Nev.
||Los Angeles , Cal.
||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
||Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
||St. Louis, Mo.
||Riverside-San Bernardino, Cal.
||Orange County, Cal.