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Grand Rapids among top senior-friendly cities

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Grand Rapids has been named one of the best cities for senior to live Caring.com has released its list of Best and Worst Cities for Seniors list and Grand Rapids fairs well. The 2019 report ranks 302 cities. At the top of list are San Francisco, Fredericksburg, Washington D.C., Boston and Brooklyn. Grand Rapids is 171st among the senior-friendly cities.

Caring.com makes its determination based on health care, senior living and housing, community involvement, transportation, quality of life and affordability.

Grand Rapids beats the national averages for primary care physicians and patient satisfaction. The crime rate is low and housing costs are roughly $530 below the national average. The average cost of assisted living is about $755 below the national average.

One area where Grand Rapids fell short is traffic congestion., but sites The Rapid as a benefit for seniors.

As for quality of life there’s fishing, boating, and popular destinations like Frederik Meijer Gardens and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

More than 20,000 seniors living in Grand Rapids. 55places.com rates Grand Rapids a top 10 retirement destination.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.