February 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Los Angeles named one of the best cities for LGBT retirement

Los Angeles is named one of the top LGBT-friendly retirement cities for its LGBT population, number of senior living facilities and more. (Photo courtesy of Bigstock)

Los Angeles has been named one of the top 20 cities for LGBT-friendly retirement in the United States in 2018, according to SeniorAdvice.com.

While retirees take into account the weather, health care options, cost of living and other factors, LGBT retirees must also determine if a city has an LGBT-friendly community.

Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) reports that there are an estimated three million LGBT people age 55 and over living in the United States with estimates expected to increase.

SeniorAdvice.com used its rating system, called SeniorScore, that judges cities based on their health and safety, recreation and leisure, finances and general quality of life. It also determined cities’ LGBT population, the existence of an LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, gay-friendly senior communities, weather, health care and more.

Los Angeles is listed for its just over 4.5 percent LGBT population, Los Angeles LGBT Center and more than 650 senior living facilities including Triangle Square Senior Apartments in Hollywood, the largest affordable housing development for LGBT seniors in the U.S.

Check out the full list (in no particular order) below.

1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2. Austin, Texas

3. Atlanta, Georgia

4. Portland, Oregon

5. Palm Springs, California

6. Santa Fe, New Mexico

7. Providence, Rhode Island

8. Seattle, Washington

9. Columbus, Ohio

10. Los Angeles, California

11. New Orleans, Louisiana

12. Tampa, Florida

13. Boston, Massachusetts

14. Salt Lake City, Utah

15. San Diego, California

16. Cleveland, Ohio

17. San Francisco, California

18. Albuquerque, New Mexico

19. Baltimore, Maryland

20. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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