Expert J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman of The Futures Company, Dissects Metrics and Discusses Behavior of Boomer Population in New Feature Article on LifeGoesStrong.com
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new research study, commissioned by the popular boomer lifestyle site LifeGoesStrong.com (www.lifegoesstrong.com) and conducted by Kelton, reveals that Pittsburgh, PA is the BEST PLACE FOR BOOMERS TO LIVE, followed by Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME, Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN/VA, Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH/PA and Rochester, NY.
Highlights from the Top 5 list include:
Pittsburgh, PA – With the highest number of hospitals, airports, Amtrak stations, colleges and universities, the city scored high marks for proximity and snagged the overall best score with a good cost of living and reasonable housing prices.
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME – Touting the lowest violent crime and the lowest unemployment rates on the list, this Maine market guarantees residents high quality peace of mind.
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN/VA – This pocketbook friendly city boasts the lowest cost of living on the list.
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH/PA – Leaving none of the basics to be desired, this market touts the lowest home price on the list.
Rochester, NY – This city combines good fundamental basics with high scores in accessibility and proximity, but comes with a price tag of high cost of living.
The standings, which take into consideration a series of ten metrics including cost of living, violent crime rate and proximity to hospitals, show that midlifers are making decisions with their pocketbooks first and foremost, over proximity to amenities, when determining which cities to live in. J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman of The Futures Company, details the research in a new article on LifeGoesStrong.com.
“Census data tracking the moves people have made each year since the end of the Second World War show a sudden and dramatic spike in the early 1980s as we came of age,” Smith writes in the exclusive article. “Inevitably, though, with time and experience, this changed. Moves ebbed as we learned how much place matters, and now it matters more than ever. Looking ahead to retirement or second careers, place is foremost in the planning of midlifers.”
In the article, Smith breaks down the metrics to get to the heart of what midlifers really care about.
“This ranking belies the midlifers stereotype of spendthrift hedonists. Prudence tops the list; high living and highbrow fill out the bottom. In fact, this ranking reveals three underlying things that matter most to us about place: Pocketbook first. Peace of mind next. And only then, proximity to indulgences and amenities.”
According to Ken Baron, Editorial Director for LifeGoesStrong.com, the research suggests that midlifers are changing their tune when it comes to location and straying from past stereotypes.
“As the longtime editorial director of Life Goes Strong, I am rarely, if ever, surprised by the thoughts or desires of my fellow baby boomers. But when it comes to where we want to live now that we are (or soon to be) grandparents, I was surprised to see that we midlifers value security (a low cost of living and crime rate) above more loftier endeavors (proximity to parks or higher education). In short, it seems the ‘me generation' is getting a bit safe as we age, preferring comfort and security to adventure and the unknown. Heady stuff from a generation that once rocked out to the lyrics, ‘Hope I die before I get old!'”
For the full article from J. Walker Smith, complete with breakdown and analysis of the BEST PLACES FOR BOOMERS TO LIVE list, including a round-up of the cities which ranked six through ten on the list, head to http://lifegoesstrong.com/bestboomercities.