Leading resource for aging adults identifies best and worst cities based on healthcare, housing options, transportation, workforce development and more
SAN MATEO, CA; 10/7/19 – Caring.com, a leading senior care referral service with Family Advisors nationwide, released its 2019 Senior Living Report on the Best and Worst Places for Seniors to Live.
Columbia is ranked number 150 out of 302 cities in the U.S. Each city was graded on healthcare, housing options, community engagement, transportation, quality of life and workforce development.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 20 million Americans will be age 80 or older by 2030. With such a fast-growing population, it’s critical that our communities address the needs and socioeconomic conditions of the elderly. Caring.com’s team spent countless hours researching 70 factors that were key markers for livability and quality of life. A total of six metrics was used to grade each city.
“Compiling and analyzing senior care data to provide helpful and highly relevant insights has been part of our social mission since our company was founded in 2007,” says Jason Persinger, Caring’s Chief Digital Officer. “This comprehensive study is designed to help families and seniors understand and discuss the landscape for senior living in specific states, while also supporting our nation’s communities in better serving the growing population of seniors.”
Caring not only examined top priorities for seniors, but they also expanded the study to highlight factors driving socioeconomic conditions for older adults. Healthcare and affordable housing options were top-of-mind when measuring the most livable environments. Other areas that contribute to the well-being and quality of life for seniors include community engagement, transportation and workforce development.
“In addition to healthcare and housing options, we also thought it was important to look at states and cities with the best workforce development programs,” says Persinger. “Although some people completely retire at age 65, many seniors are forced to work part-time or take on a second career just to make ends meet.”
The 2019 list also recognized San Francisco, Fredericksburg, Washington, Boston and Brooklyn among the top 10 best overall cities. Rio Rancho, Hemet, Stockton, Port Charlotte and Cape Coral were ranked among the worst cities. To see how Columbia performed in the study visit https://www.caring.com/senior-living/south-carolina/columbia
To access the complete ranking of the Best and Worst Places for Senior Living, please visit
Top 10 Best Cities for Seniors to Live in the United States
1st – San Francisco
2nd – Fredericksburg
3rd – Washington DC
4th – Boston
5th – Brooklyn
6th – Woodland Hills
7th – Chapel Hill
8th – Santa Monica
9th – Queens
10th – New York
Top 10 Worst Cities for Seniors to Live in the United States
302nd – Rio Rancho
301st – Hemet
300th – Stockton
299th – Port Charlotte
298th – Cape Coral
297th – Prescott
296th – El Paso
295th – Cheyenne
294th – Palm Coast
293rd – Port St. Lucie
With millions of website visitors, Caring.com is a leading senior care resource and referral
service for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Founded in 2007 and applying cutting-edge technology to its social mission, Caring provides caregivers helpful senior care content and comprehensive senior living and senior care directories for the United States, and is the #1 site for senior care reviews, with more than 250,000 published and thousands added every month. Through a toll-free referral line at (605) 753 - 5304, Caring’s Family Advisors across the nation help families and seniors research and connect to the most appropriate senior care services for their specific situations. For more information about our organization and services, please visit www.caring.com/about and join with Caring on Facebook.