Seattle

Best Cities for LGBT Seniors: #9 – Seattle, Washington

Seattle

Beautiful Seattle is another one of the progressive hubs of America so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country. At almost 5% of the overall population, it has one of the most concentrated LGBT communities of any large city. Also, Seattle has been on the leading edge of legal protection for gay, lesbian, and trans residents. Finally, there are few places in the world that are more openly tolerant and have more active gay social scenes than Seattle.

The Emerald City also ranks highly for retirees overall. There is no state income tax in Washington, which can be helpful in stretching a retirement budget, and the economy is thriving. However, Seattle ranks lower on the list than it otherwise would due to the very high cost of living in general and the high cost of assisted living and other senior care in particular.

Read more about Seattle senior living options.


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.