Pittsburgh Offers Diverse Retiree Living

Retiring in Pittsburgh appeals to those looking for entertainment, attractions and quality health-care options.

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Pittsburgh Offers Diverse Retiree Living

Pittsburgh's many sophisticated cultural and recreational amenities combined with quality health care and academic aspects appeal to seniors looking for ways to stay fit, entertained, healthy and inspired.

In fact, the Steel City earned a spot on our 2014 Top 100 Best Places to Live index for all of these points, health care being the strongest, followed by amenities, infrastructure and education.

We calculated health-care scores based on the number and quality of hospitals accessible to residents, the relative cost of spending by residents, with a lower expenditure pointing to more affordable health care, and also the lower need among people for health-care services – i.e. healthier residents.

People of all ages looking to stay fit and healthy here have hundreds of city parks, playgrounds and parklets from which to choose. The City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation also oversees 10 community centers for all ages and more than a dozen senior community centers offering a range of programming for older adults.

Retiring Boomers who choose Pittsburgh will not find themselves alone, either. Even though more than 60 colleges and universities inject the atmosphere with a youthful vibe, nearly 14 percent of the city's total population is age 65 or older.

The many types of entertainment in Pittsburgh reflect this population diversity, as well. While older adults may prefer performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre or Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, they can just as easily join college age students for more contemporary performances at one of the same theaters in downtown's cultural district. The same can be said for cheering on one of the city's major sports teams – the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, or dining out at one of hundreds of local restaurants specializing in everything from locally sourced and refined menus to hearty meals inspired by its blue-collar, Steel City heritage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Battles, content director for Livability magazines at Journal Communications, works with community leaders nationwide to tell their cities' most interesting stories. Her previous experience inclu...