Top Places to Live in California for Seniors

Photo: Sidewalk of San Francisco ranked as #11 in best places for seniors to retire.

A study released by the Milken Institute didnít choose California as top 10 places to live, but the Bay Area did rank 11th for seniors. California has the highest population of seniors in the nation and the aging population is expected to grow faster than any other age segment in upcoming years. 11.7% of Californians (over 3 million people) are 65 or older currently.

U.S. METRO AREAS TOP 100 Places to Live for Seniors
California in bold letters

Provo-Orem, UT     1
Madison, WI     2
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA     3
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH     4
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA     5
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA     6
Salt Lake City, UT     6
Toledo, OH     8
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV     9
Pittsburgh, PA     10
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA     11     
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA     25     
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA     30     
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA     71     
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA     75     
Modesto, CA     95     
Fresno, CA     96     
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA     98     
Stockton, CA     99     
Bakersfield, CA  100

California in bold letters

Sioux Falls, SD      1
Iowa City, IA     2
Bismarck, ND     3
Columbia, MO     4
Rochester, MN     5
Gainesville, FL 6
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA     58     
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA     63     
Napa, CA     93     
El Centro, CA     97
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA     136
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA     171     
Redding, CA     227     
Salinas, CA     230     
Chico, CA     231     
Madera-Chowchilla, CA     235     
Yuba City, CA     242     
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA     243     
Hanford-Corcoran, CA     248     
Merced, CA     253     
Visalia-Porterville, CA     255    

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