Ft. Lauderdale

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #2 Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale

When people think of LGBT-friendly South Florida cities, Miami probably pops to mind first. But Fort Lauderdale has most of the same gay-friendly accommodations and nightlife in a more laid back and affordable environment. The city also has the highest concentration of gay couples of any major American city, with about 3% of all households. If you really want to go dance at Miami’s numerous gay clubs with the younger crowd, you’re only a 30-minute drive away, but you can generally find all the fun you’re looking for in the many gay-friendly bars and clubs around the Wilton Manors area. If that’s not your scene, you can enjoy one of over 100 area golf courses and dozens of beautiful city parks and public beaches.

Ft. Lauderdale also makes a lot of sense for retirement for financial reasons. For starters, Florida has no income tax. And while Fort Lauderdale isn’t cheap by national standards, it’s a relative bargain compared to other sun-drenched, beachside towns.

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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 SeniorScoreâ„¢, 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 SeniorScoreâ„¢ 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.

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