The Best Cities for Seniors Topping the list: Provo, Utah By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jul 31, 2012 12:17 PM CDT 11 comments Comments Brigham Young University students walk across campus in Provo, Utah Jan. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/George Frey) (Newser) – A new study ranks the best cities for seniors—and, when it comes to big cities, none in Florida crack the top 10. And just one Florida city makes it into the top 10 smaller cities for aging. "The traditional notions about retirement, about pulling up stakes and moving somewhere warm, doesn't really reflect accurately the notions of retirement in America," says the chief operating officer at the Milken Institute, which ran the study. Researchers looked at factors including health care, educational opportunities, job opportunities, transportation, cost of living, and recreation to determine the best cities for aging. The top 10 big cities, courtesy of USA Today: Provo, Utah Madison, Wis. Omaha Boston New York Des Moines (tied for sixth) Salt Lake City Toledo, Ohio Washington, DC Pittsburgh Click to see the top 10 smaller cities.