POSTED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Forbes Magazine has named Baton Rouge one of America’s “25 Best Places to Retire in 2013 ,” a ranking Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden says is a tribute to the city’s great quality of life and world-class health care facilities.
“Today’s active seniors are looking for a lifestyle that provides recreation, cultural activities and opportunities to volunteer in the community,” Holden said. “The work we are doing in so many areas to improve our community makes Baton Rouge a great choice for anyone who may be considering relocating for retirement.”
Holden said he is not surprised to see Baton Rouge among top cities for retirees. “When we host major events like the U.S. Bowling Championships, I frequently hear from visitors that they would enjoy moving to Baton Rouge,” he said. “They fall in love with the people and the community and begin to picture themselves living here.”
Holden said Baton Rouge’s universities and community college also offer amenities that attract active seniors to a city, as does Downtown and the parks and recreation system. “We have something for everyone to enjoy and the peace of mind that comes with easy access to excellent medical facilities.”
Forbes Magazine’s ratings consider living and housing costs, taxes, weather, air quality, doctor availability, crime rates and active-lifestyle rankings for bicycling and volunteering. Forbes also takes into account the Milken Institute’s latest ranking of “Best Cities for Successful Aging,” which ranked Baton Rouge at Number 14 in 2012.