Across the United States, the number of seniors is growing. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 20% of Americans will be age 65 or older by 2030. With such a fast-growing population, it’s critical for our communities to address the needs and socio-economic conditions of the elderly. And for families trying to find appropriate, high-quality care for their loved ones as they age, it’s important their needs are being met.
As the largest provider of senior living community reviews, Caring.com compiled a report in order to shed light on the best and worst places in the nation for senior living. Not only did they look at the basic, essential factors such as healthcare and affordable housing, but they also took a deeper look at factors like community engagement, transportation and workforce development that drive quality of life.
Caring.com’s team of researchers spent countless hours researching 70 different factors that are key indicators for older adults overall health, happiness and quality of life. After completing their research, they put each metric on a scale and graded each state in the nation. To read more about the metrics they used to grade the states and to see the full report, visit caring.com/senior-living/.
Phoenix offers retirees stunning desert scenery and a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere with ample attractions to enjoy. The city has a total estimated population of 1,445,632 residents, and approximately 10% are in the 65 and over age group. To accommodate the senior population, the city has numerous senior centers that offer enriching activities and valuable resources. Retirees who enjoy warm weather are sure to appreciate the mild winters in Phoenix as January lows stay around 44 degrees.
Tucson has a population of 520,116 and is located near Mount Lemmon and Saguaro National Park. Tucson seniors, who make up 13.6% of the total population, also have access to abundant municipal services to help keep them active in the community. The city has three dedicated senior centers and many other programs with specific activity calendars that cater to retirees. For example, the Tucson Parks and Recreation Senior Activity Card connects people 50 years and older to a wide variety of activities such as fitness classes, field trips and festivals.
See how Phoenix and Tucson compare in the overall rankings below: