- Ann Arbor, Michigan Takes Top Honors as the #1 Healthiest City to Live and Retire In -
WASHINGTON, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with more than 34 million readers, today announced the top ten healthiest cities to live and retire in with Ann Arbor, MI, Honolulu, HI, Madison, WI, Santa Fe, NM, and Fargo, ND taking the top five rankings. Featured in the September/October issue, the magazine also named five additional cities that received high marks for vitality and great living conditions including Boulder, CO, Charlottesville, VA, San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and Naples-Marco Island, FL.
AARP The Magazine evaluated over 20 measures of vitality to help make its decisions and incorporated not only the physical aspects of a community (clean air and water), but also the health and habits of people who live there, taking into special consideration the health needs of people age 50+. Communities were chosen based on various criteria including opportunities for exercise, number of doctors in the area, availability of healthcare, diagnosis of health problems, healthy eating habits, and more. The magazine also evaluated quality of life measures such as housing affordability, the local economy, educational resources, crime, climate, recreational amenities, and arts and culture to help make their selections.
"The cities we chose are ahead of the healthy living curve with access
to healthcare facilities, numerous options for exercise, activities,
volunteerism, and a culture that supports vitality," said Nancy Graham,
Acting Editor of AARP The Magazine. "This has become one of AARP The
Magazine's most popular annual features and it's exciting to be the
authority on the to
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