Love ‘old Austin’? Good news: City ranked No. 2 best for senior citizens

If you’ve been around long enough to remember when Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was 19th Street, and if your mouth still waters when you think of a flame-kissed Holiday House hamburger, the Austin of today might seem unfamiliar at times. But don’t worry — it’s still the place to be for the 65-and-over set, according to new rankings.

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Senior care services website SeniorAdvice compiled a list of the top 10 large U.S. cities for seniors, and Austin is sitting pretty at No. 2. There’s more to the city than weirdness, according to the list:

“The city scores higher than both the state and national averages when it comes to senior-friendliness. With perks such as mild winters, low rainfall, an active outdoor community, and excellent access to healthcare, Austin is a very livable place for Texas seniors to call home.”

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Other perks of living out your golden years in the capital of Texas: financial accommodation and opportunities for outdoor activities, like Lady Bird Lake and the greenbelt. However, SeniorAdvice’s suggestion that seniors can “enjoy the mild climate” is good for a knee-slap or 2,000.

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To read more about the site’s criteria, delve into the arcane internet listicle science of a “SeniorScore,” and check out Austin’s detailed score breakdown, too.

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