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Find your Florida: What Are the Top Cities to Retire to In The UK?

From swimming pools to sunshine hours; Care.com discovers the cities offering senior citizens a Florida lifestyle right here in the UK. 

With more people than ever living in to their eighties and even nineties, the UK is undeniably an ageing population.  But where is the best place in the UK for elderly citizens to spend their retirement years?

In the USA Florida is known as the ultimate retirement state. This is due to a number of factors, including a warm and temperate climate, a close proximity to water and an abundance of recreational activities. The latter is particularly important when you consider that as we grow older, staying active keeps us both healthier and happier. It is little wonder then that pensioners flock to what is known as sunshine state to enjoy the twilight years of their life, but the UK equivalent has remained unclear - until now.

This September Care.com has made it their mission to find out which city can claim the title for top place to retire to on this side of the pond. By comparing similar factors to those which make Florida so popular, such as weather, leisure activities and elderly care, we can now reveal that the best city for senior citizens in the UK is none other than Brighton and Hove!

 

Achieving the best weather ranking of any city in the UK, Brighton and Hove is the closest we get to a suntrap in Britain. This is particularly convenient given the expanse of beautiful beach bordering this city, rather similar to Florida in fact! Brighton and Hove also ranks third as the best city for leisure pursuits for older people, offering everything from golf clubs, swimming pools, yoga classes, theatres and concert halls, art and craft shops, antique dealers and plenty of natural spaces.

While Brighton ranks the highest overall when it comes to leading a Florida lifestyle in the UK, it’s Norwich which steals the crown for the city with the best leisure pursuits for the elderly. This is closely followed by Cambridge which clinches second place. Both cities are not only surrounded by beautiful countryside but also feature several theatres, historic buildings and lovely cobbled streets, perfect for exploring during your retirement!

Yet the city which ranks top for elderly care specifically, is none other than Luton. This city boasts the most quality care homes and sheltered accommodation per pensioner in the UK. This is closely followed by Reading and then Salford, suggesting that smaller cities may be better equipped to manage the care demands of an older population versus a large metropolis such as London. In fact the country’s capital ranks bottom when it comes to elderly care, suggesting that the hectic London buzz is better suited to younger generations.

While Brighton and Hove, Norwich and Luton can each claim different areas of supremacy when it comes to being the best cities for the elderly in the UK; many pensioners will understandably want to stay in the locality they have always lived for their retirement. Fortunately, with Care.com people can enjoy a high quality of care whatever city they retire to in the UK, whether that be London, Luton or Liverpool.

In fact for our board of C-enior Sweets, receiving help with small tasks such as heavy lifting makes all the difference when it comes to maintaining independence in later life.  They reveal exactly what kind of care senior citizens appreciate as they grow older and the tasks they would like assistance with, in the video below.

 

To find out where your city ranked in our Find your Florida research please see the full table of results below.

City

OVERALL RANK

Elderly Care Rank

Leisure activities Rank

Weather Rank

Brighton and Hove

1

18

3

1

Reading

2

4

6

11

Norwich

3

20

1

14

Cambridge

4

15

2

12

Oxford

5

12

7

9

Nottingham

6

9

4

25

Newcastle upon Tyne

7

16

15

3

Luton

8

1

37

15

Southampton

9

14

18

5

Bristol

10

26

9

10

Middlesbrough

10

7

11

27

Portsmouth

12

13

39

2

Southend-on-Sea

13

10

38

7

Peterborough

14

31

10

13

Warrington

15

3

20

34

York

16

36

5

16

Wolverhampton

17

5

33

31

Bournemouth

18

22

13

20

Manchester

19

8

8

34

Milton Keynes

20

19

11

27

Sunderland

21

28

35

3

Salford

22

2

35

34

Leicester

23

11

14

32

Plymouth

24

33

29

6

Coventry

25

17

30

22

Northampton

26

24

21

21

Rotherham

27

23

26

23

Derby

28

21

30

25

Sheffield

29

34

16

23

Swindon

30

35

17

16

London

31

38

24

8

Wakefield

32

29

32

16

Leeds

33

37

19

16

Bolton

34

6

25

38

Birmingham

35

32

34

29

Stoke-on-Trent

36

25

28

33

Cardiff

37

39

22

30

Bradford

38

30

27

37

Liverpool

39

27

23

39

Methodology

The ranking compares 39 cities in the United Kingdom with more than 150,000 inhabitants and is based on three categories: Leisure activities, care and health services and weather.

  • The leisure opportunities are based on the share of natural areas (source: Cole, B., King, S., Ogutu, B., Palmer, D., Smith, G., Balzter, H. (2015). Corine Land Cover 2012 for the UK, Jersey and Guernsey. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre https://doi.org/10.5285/32533d.... Copyright rests with the European Commission; Acknowledgement: Produced by the University of Leicester, The Centre for Landscape and Climate Research and Specto Natura and supported by Defra and the European Environment Agency under Grant Agreement 3541/B2012/R0-GIO/EEA.55055 with funding by the European Union) as well as the number of golf courses, swimming pools, yoga classes, theatres and concert halls, art and craft shops and antique dealers (source: Yell.com*, September 2018) in relation to the number of seniors aged 65 and older (source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence. Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid 2017).
  • The category of care and health services refers to the number of care homes in a radius of 5 miles (source: Care Quality Commission*, September 2018), private elderly caregivers (Care.com, September 2018) as well as hospitals and clinics in a radius of 20 miles (source: NHS*, September 2018). Again, these numbers were put in relation to the number of seniors aged 65 and older. As an additional qualitative factor, the percentage of nursing homes ranked either good or outstanding was calculated as well.
  • The weather conditions include the average annual number of hours of sunshine, days of rainfall >=1mm and days of air frost within the years 1981 to 2010. Data refer to the cities’ closest weather stations (source: Met Office).

The indicators were weighted using interpolation. For this purpose, all metrics were normalized with a scale from 0 to 100. An additional weighting of the categories in the final ranking has not been applied. The analysis was only descriptive.

*Research was completed and data sourced by Care.com independently

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