Boise is in the top 10 on a national senior housing referral service’s annual list of America’s top cities for retirement in 2019.
In a new study done by SeniorAdvice.com, the City of Trees ranked as the seventh best mid-sized city to retire in the country.
For its third annual list of best cities for seniors, SeniorAdvice.com said it decided to focus solely on mid-sized cities since many retirees prefer less crowded places but still want a variety of resources available.
To determine a score, SeniorAdvice.com considered multiple factors, including the area’s percentage of senior citizens, available social activities, weather, presence of senior communities, quality of health care, number of hospitals and pharmacies, and cost of living.
In the final analysis, Boise “truly is a gem,” according to the report. “It has big-city offerings similar to places like Seattle but with a lower cost of living – a draw for those in their retirement years.
“Compared to other states (nearby), Idaho has lower crime rates and property taxes,” the report said.
SeniorAdvice.com said there are nearly 90 senior living facilities in the Boise area and several senior community centers to support the aging population. Folks 65 and over comprise just over 13% of the metro area population, said the report.
“The Treasure Valley has gold for those in their golden years,” gushed the report.
According to Census data, the U.S. senior population age 65 and over is currently 15.6% and that number is expected to rise to over 21% by the year 2050.
The issue of Idaho’s growing senior in-migration was addressed by a panelist at the July 24 IBR experts forum on how the private sector impacts public policy.
“A big part of what we do (on the economic development front) as a state is import Social Security checks,” said State Rep. Mike Moyle.
The new home construction market has profited from new arrivals, including retirees seeking a higher quality of life, but Moyle questioned how positive the larger impact is.
“We’re building homes, but not (necessarily) more business,” said Moyle. “And the jobs seniors are bringing are primarily service jobs,” not high-paying employment.
Top 20 mid-sized cities for seniors in 2019:
- Coral Springs, Florida
- Glendale, Arizona
- Eugene, Oregon
- Provo, Utah
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Manchester, New Hampshire
- Boise, Idaho
- Aurora, Colorado
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Akron, Ohio
- St. Petersburg, Florida
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Savannah, Georgia
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Huntington Beach, California
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Rockford, Illinois
- Wichita, Kansas
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota