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AARP: Milwaukee is the country's fifth most-livable large city.

AARP rates Milwaukee as America's 5th most livable large city

For the third year, AARP has named its top 10 most livable cities in the United States by size, and Milwaukee has made it into the top five among large communities (more than 500,000 residents).

Milwaukee came in fifth, after San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Denver, besting New York; Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

The cities were rated in seven categories – Housing (Milwaukee earned a 54), Neighborhoods (62), Transportation (78), Environment (58), Health (52), Civic and Social Engagement (62) and Opportunity (41) – and Milwaukee scored 58 overall. San Francisco notched a total score of 64.

The site allows users to create more personalized results by adjusting the importance of individual categories. You can also compare locations and map data a track "livability progress" over time.

Wisconsin communities fared well in other size categories, too.

Madison, for example, topped the list of mid-size (100,000-499,999) cities, and four Wisconsin cities made the list of small communities (25,000-99,999), including Fitchburg, Sheboygan and La Crosse, which took the top three slots, and Sun Prairie, ranked sixth.

Despite the fact that the data was compiled by the AARP, the senior citizens' group says the data tracks the livability of the communities for everyone.

"It turns out that many of the characteristics that make a community 'livable' are the same across all ages: safety and security, affordable and appropriate housing and transportation, and the ability to live near family and friends who can be relied upon," it said.

The communities on the lists were rated based on how they "are meeting the current and future needs of people of all ages."

You can see the maps, lists and data here.


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