Bloomberg ranked Florida counties with a critical mass of seniors to determine the best places for senior living.
Five equally weighted factors were considered: mobility, wealth, leisure, education and senior concentration. Ranking excluded counties with less than 20,000 or 15% of population ages 65 and older. Demographic data were extracted from the 2007-2011 5Y and 2009-2011 3Y American Community Surveys of the U.S. Census. The Institute for Health Metric & Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington provided the county-specific life expectancy for males and females. For the purpose of this study, 1985 to 2010 averages were used. Leisure establishment data were extracted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food and drink places included full, limited-services and other restaurants and places that serve beverages. Entertainment places included arts, entertainment and recreation establishments. Retail places included retail and trade establishments. Travel-related places included scenic and sightseeing transportation by water, land and air; and travel agencies, tour operators and other related travel arrangement and reservation services. Counts for 2012 were preliminary and included only private establishments.
U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Institute for Health Metric & Evaluation at the University of Washington
August 27, 2013