Ft. Lauderdale is one of the nation’s best cities for gay-friendly retirement today, according to SeniorAdvice.com, a senior housing referral service.

According to the American Psychological Association, more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. age 65 years or older identify as LGBT. Furthermore, as the baby boomer generation ages, the senior population will increase from 12.8 percent to an estimated 19 percent in 2030, meaning that the LGBT senior numbers undoubtedly will grow as well.

The following U.S. cities have been named by SeniorScore as the most accommodating for LGBT seniors based on a data-driven algorithm:

1. Austin, TX
2. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Phoenix, AZ
6. Orlando, FL
7. Tampa, FL
8. Portland, OR
9. Seattle, WA
10. Columbus, OH
11. Salt Lake City, UT
12. Dallas, TX
13. Las Vegas, NV
14. San Francisco, CA
15. Houston, TX

SeniorAdvice.com is an invaluable resource for seniors, their family members, and caregivers to help find the most livable locations. We’re also very dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and we wanted to make sure we could assist members of the gay and lesbian community in finding the best locations for retirement and senior housing,” said SeniorAdvice.com CEO and Founder, Ryan Patterson.

SeniorAdvice.com’s ranking is calculated by factoring more than 100 variables, including access to health care and number of senior residents, to help determine how well a location accommodates the needs of senior citizens. SeniorScore takes into account four categories: health and safety, recreation and leisure, finance and general quality of life.

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