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16 Gay-Friendly Cities That Are Perfect for LGBT Seniors


Have you ever wondered where you and your partner would retire? Well, thanks to, we have a list that might pique your interest.

To narrow down their list of the top cities for LGBT retirees, researchers needed a plan. So, they developed “the first comprehensive unbiased scoring system specifically designed to measure the livability for seniors, and most recently determined the top gay-friendly cities for seniors.” It’s called SeniorScore™.

Here’s how they came up with their list of gay-friendly cities for retirement:

First, they looked at the top cities that benefit retirees overall (verifying health care access and the retiree population), then they looked at the quality of life in local LGBT communities, which included bars, clubs, festivals, legal protections and LGBT senior groups.

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As it turns out some of them aren’t that surprising, but quite a few of them are. Phoenix is number five (what?). Check out the list here:

1. Austin, TX

Austin, Texas

2. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

This is a photo of Minneapolis

4. Atlanta, GA

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, United States

5. Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, Arizona

6. Orlando, FL

7. Tampa, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

8. Portland, OR

This is a photo of Portland, Oregon

9. Seattle, WA

This is a photo of Seattle, Washington

10. Columbus, OH

This is a photo of Columbus, Ohio.

11. Salt Lake City, UT

Moab, Utah

12. Dallas, TX

This is a photo of Dallas, Texas

13. Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, Nevada

14. San Francisco, CA

This is a photo of San Francisco, California

15. Houston, TX

Houston, Texas

16. Palm Springs, CA

This is a photo of Palm Springs, California

Ryan Patterson CEO and Founder, said, “ is an invaluable resource for seniors, their family members, and caregivers to help find the most livable locations.”

Senior gay couple

He continued, “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.”

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You can learn more about the top cities for gay-friendly retirement here.

And, just for kicks, here’s what happened when Davey Wavey asked LGBT seniors for advice:

Photography from Shutterstock and Unsplash. 

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