We’re An Aging Nation

Elderly woman sitting at the table counting money in her wallet.

In 2012 there were 43.1 million Americans over the age of 65. That number will almost double to 83.7 million by 2050. Not only will the nation’s entitlement programs including Social Security and Medicare feel the strain, so will its cities.

Houston ranks 173rd in list of the Top 300 American cities for residents over the age of 65, according to a survey by caring.com. We currently have 210,000 seniors in the area, and these are the metrics of housing, health care and transportation, among others, that determined the ratings.

State Ranking

1. 1st Dallas, TX

2. 2nd Garland, TX

3. 3rd Austin, TX

4. 4th Allen, TX

5. 11st Houston, TX

National Ranking

1. 1st San Francisco, CA

2. 2nd Fredericksburg, VA

3. 3rd Washington, DC, DC

4. 4th Boston, MA

5. 173rd Houston, TX

Whether you look at the state or Houston ranks, one of the factors that lowers our standing -- traffic. Might need to add that to the list of death and taxes as an inescapable element of modern life.

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