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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Provo Ranked Best US City For People Growing Old


Many people come to Utah to vacation, play and relax. After getting a taste of our recreational opportunities and lifestyle, more and more are coming here to live and retire.

Utah often ranks at or near the top in "quality of life" surveys. Today we received another top honor. The Milken Institute studied a wide range of variables and concluded that Provo is the best city in the U.S. for people ages 65-79. Salt Lake City tied for the number 6 spot.

For people 80+, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area took top honors and Provo ranked number 7 in the US.

The complete tally can be seen here. If you want to learn about criteria considered in the study, go to this page. Here's an excerpt:

Best Cities for Successful Aging is a comprehensive index that generates a composite ranking for each metro area. The composite ranking is based on eight subcomponents (general indicators, health care, wellness, living arrangements, transportation/convenience, financial well-being, employment/education, and community engagement). Each of the eight subcomponents is composed of multiple individual indicators—78 individual indicators in all.

At the same time, we recognize that a 65-year-old’s needs likely differ from an 80-year-old’s. By using the same data but weighting the indicators differently, we created two subindexes, one for ages 65 through 79 and another for age 80 and up.

Utah.gov Takes More Top Honors


Utah's government website is often held up as an example of successful and innovative use of technology to serve the public. Recently the website received one more accolade. UtahPolicy.com has this report about the honor. Here's an excerpt:

As a clear eGovernment industry leader, Utah.Gov was recognized with another Best in Class Interactive Media Award last week. Sponsored by the Interactive Media Council, Inc. (IMC), the Best in Class signifies the highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards—a near perfect overall score. Entries are judged on five different criteria areas including design, content, feature functionality, usability, and standards compliance and cross-browser compatibility.

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