Wealth can be health
Good health and sufficient health-care access are two of the most important factors in building a successful, sustainable life in retirement. Insurance company Bankers Life and its Center for a Secure Retirement research arm recently released a new report, “America’s Best Cities for a Healthy (and More Affordable) Retirement,” which ranks 60 U.S. metropolitan areas in order of healthfulness and affordability for retirees.
According to the center, cities were scored in eight categories: health care, wellness, the economy and affordability, social, activities, environment, transportation and crime. CNBC looks at the top 10 overall finishers in the study and how they scored specifically in terms of health care and wellness.
10. Salt Lake City
“Salt Lake City residents are some of the most physically active in our study, with low levels of smoking, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. One of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and surprisingly good public transportation round out this Rocky Mountain paradise.”
Health-care score (out of 100): 33.8
Wellness score (out of 100): 79.6
“The Cleveland Clinic is among the country’s top hospitals for cardiology, urology, geriatrics, oncology and a dozen other specialties. Clevelanders also enjoy low housing prices and Playhouse Square, one of the nation’s top theater districts.”
Health-care score (out of 100): 83
Wellness score (out of 100): 18.6
“Pittsburgh is among the most affordable cities on our list. But affordability is not all it offers. Yinzer retirees also enjoy low crime, top cultural institutions (including the Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Public Theater) and a high concentration of boomer residents.”
Health-care score (out of 100): 77.9
Wellness score (out of 100): 20.3
“Health care is one of Baltimore’s specialties, with Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and UM Medical Center ranked among the best in the country.”
Health-care score (out of 100): 79.6
Wellness score (out of 100): 28.8