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Salt Lake ranks 11 for gay-friendly retirement

A senior housing referral service has ranked Salt Lake City as 11th in a list of America’s top cities for gay-friendly retirement. SeniorAdvice.com created SeniorScore, which they call the first comprehensive unbiased scoring system specifically designed to measure the livability for seniors; most recently determined the top gay-friendly cities for seniors.

In a release, SeniorAdvice.com said the company recognizes that the LGBTQ older adult community is currently a very important part of the American population to consider. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 39 million people in the U.S. are age 65 years or older, including 1.5 million people who identify as LGBTQ. Furthermore, as the Baby Boomer generation ages, the senior population will increase from 12.8 percent to an estimated 19 percent in 2030, meaning that the LGBTQ senior niche will undoubtedly grow as well.

The following U.S. cities were named by SeniorScore as the most accommodating for LGBT seniors based on a data-driven algorithm:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  4. Atlanta, Ga.
  5. Phoenix, Ariz.
  6. Orlando, Fla.
  7. Tampa, Fla.
  8. Portland, Ore.
  9. Seattle, Wash.
  10. Columbus, Ohio
  11. Salt Lake City, Utah
  12. Dallas, Texas
  13. Las Vegas, Nev.
  14. San Francisco, Calif.
  15. Houston, Texas

In its write-up, the company said of Salt Lake:

“It was a big surprise when the Utah capital started making lists of gay-friendly cities, but it is for good reason. Nearly 5 percent of the metro area population identify as gay and Salt Lake has been very progressive on employment and housing protection for LGBT residents in an otherwise conservative state. Salt Lake is also home to the Utah Pride Center and a fairly active gay social scene, much of which is centered in the “gayborhood” of Marmalade District. Salt Lake City has a lot to offer beyond a strong and inclusive LGBT community. Residents can access world class health care from one of the more than 20 area hospitals, including some that are nationally ranked. Low property taxes, high average incomes, and a stable housing market all make Salt Lake a good place for those living on a retirement budget. For outdoor fun, this city is hard to top, with beautiful mountains surrounding the city and tons of city parks like Liberty Park, Ensign Peak Park, and the International Peace Gardens.”

To assemble the list, the company says they compiled and factored over 100 variables, including access to health care and number of senior residents, to help determine how well a specific location accommodates the comfort and needs of senior citizens. The score takes four categories into account: health and safety, recreation and leisure, finance, and general quality of life.

After being scored, SeniorAdvice.com says they carefully researched and identified individual variables and conveniences specifically for the LGBT community. Some of these specific considerations include: acceptance of the LGBT community; gay-friendly bars, clubs and other establishments; LGBT festivals and other recreational activities; level of legal protection for gay, lesbian, and trans residents; and presence of gay senior groups.

“SeniorAdvice.com is an invaluable resource for seniors, their family members and caregivers to help find the most livable locations. We’re also very dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and we wanted to make sure we could assist members of the gay and lesbian community in finding the best locations for retirement and senior housing,” said SeniorAdvice.com CEO and founder, Ryan Patterson.

For more information on the results, visit https://www.senioradvice.com/articles/americas-best-cities-for-gay-friendly-retirement.

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