The Best and Worst Places for Senior Living in California

Coastal views, a year-round climate and seemingly endless options for entertainment have led more than 5 million senior citizens to choose to spend their retirement years in California. The state is home to theme parks such as Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland, which offer plenty of fun when family comes to visit. In cities such as San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose and Los Angeles, public transit systems offer reduced fares for senior citizens. For those who prefer to walk, there are plenty of retirement-friendly neighborhoods with high walkability scores in cities across California. The state also boasts several top hospitals, including the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which can provide urgent treatment in the event of medical emergencies. 

To help seniors discover the most senior-friendly locations around the country,, senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support, conducted a new study, “The Best and Worst Places for Senior Living.” The Caring Senior Living Report analyzes and ranks 300 cities and 50 states on the quality of senior living in that area. The cities were graded using 46 metrics across five categories: Health Care, Senior Living & Housing, Affordability, Quality of life, and Transportation.

National Rankings in California

In order to find the states that are most friendly to seniors and offer the highest quality of life,’s 2022 Senior Living Report graded every state in the U.S. across five different categories, using 46 individual metrics. Below you can see how California compared to the rest of the nation.

Senior Living Options in California

Visit for more information on where the best or worst place to live in California is in terms of healthcare, living and housing, transportation, quality of life and affordability.

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