By Sara B. Hansen / NewsBreak Denver
(Denver, Colo.) Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s some heartwarming news.
Seniorly and AARP want people to know it’s never too late to look for love. And if you live in Denver or elsewhere in Colorado, you might have an easier time finding your soul mate.
A new report by Seniorly analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to determine the best and worst states in the U.S. for single seniors.
Analysts looked at health, finances, potential partner pool, and other factors. The Seniorly study shows Colorado ranks 12th best for single seniors.
Seniorly ranked states from 1 to 50. Here’s the top 10:
- New Hampshire
The factors that helped Colorado rank 12th:
- Average life expectancy – Coloradans live an average of 80 years: rank No. 7
- Finances – Only 7.2% of Colorado’s seniors are below the poverty line: rank No. 7
- Dating costs: Colorado residents spent $9,947 per capita on dating: rank No. 50
Denver second-best U.S. city for older singles
AARP used its livability scores, city size, number of older adults, and access to health care and amenities to rank the 10 best cities in the U.S. for older singles.
Denver ranks second after New York City. The top 10:
- New York City
- Austin, Texas
- The Villages, Florida
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Sun City, Arizona
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Arlington, Virginia
- Springfield, Massachusetts
- Palm Springs, California
AARP, which focuses on issues affecting people over 50, recognized Denver for its healthy outdoor lifestyle, access to quality health care, and preventive health care.
Denver also got a boost for having abundant sunshine, museums, music venues, restaurants, and opportunities to watch pro sports.
But dating can be expensive. According to Seniorly, the average American spends $8,000 annually on dining, recreation and clothing. To determine which states give older adults the best chance for affordable dating, Seniorly ranked states based on per capita spending for dating-related items, the percentage of seniors who live in poverty, and the share of older adults who had more than $50,000 in annual income.
Colorado ranked 50th (out of 51) for dating costs and 7th for the fewest seniors living below poverty. The state didn’t appear on the 10 best or worst lists for annual income.