Dallas is affordable, has some of the best healthcare and senior living accommodations in the country, and has all the amenities one could ever need or want in retirement. It also has a strong and growing gay community. The gay culture in Dallas is centered around the Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs areas where many LGBT-owned businesses can be found, and the city has the North Texas GLBT Chamber to support these business. The city even hosts and annualÃ‚Â Gray PrideÃ‚Â event specifically celebrating and supporting their local LGBT senior community.
Dallas scores lower than other cities on the list due to a lack of legal protections in place, particularly in many of the more conservative area suburbs. In fact, the Dallas Morning News recently called protection for LGBT residents a “patchwork.” Still, the city is quickly increasing in diversity and LGBT retirees from all over the country are starting to take notice.
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Retirees from all walks of life want to settle down in a place that is fun and inviting, but also affordable and accommodating to the needs of older people. Members of the LGBT community have to be even more selective. Even in 2016 not all cities in America are particularly welcoming to those living “non-traditional” lifestyles and only a few select places have thriving social environments for LGBT residents.
Using SeniorScoreÃ¢â€žÂ¢, an unbiased, data-driven algorithm that determines the most accommodating places in America for seniors, we have determined the best cities in the country for retirees who identify with the LGBT community. The SeniorScoreÃ¢â€žÂ¢ evaluates over 100 variables across multiple categories that are pertinent to an area’s older residents, including access to healthcare, social and recreational activities, general affordability, safety, quality of environment, and more. Additionally, we analyzed the overall LGBT populations per capita for each city, the presence of gay-friendly social environments, support for gay-owned businesses, and the overall level of tolerance and legal protection of the communities.