Two National Publications List Parma Among Best Places To Live
Two national lists recently named Parma among the best cities for retirees and veterans to call home.
Military Times listed Parma as a Best Small City For Vets To Call Home in 2019 out of 599 cities it rated. Parma was ranked No. 48 and was the only Ohio city mentioned in the large, medium or small city categories. The metrics included veteran and military culture and services, economic indicators and livability (crime, health care, schools and commuter traffic).
Forbes listed Parma as a top city for retirees. Only two cities – Parma and Sandusky – made the list for Ohio. Parma was the runner-up. The list noted that Ohio's seventh-largest city has an $118,000 median home price.
“We have affordable housing, and we're a safe community with many medical facilities," Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. "Also, we have a lot of great amenities, shops, parks, recreation and a vibrant senior center.
"We also know younger families are moving in, but we still have many retirees and seniors who live in Parma. They want to stay here. They want to stay in the city where they raised their families," he added.
The Forbes' Best Places to Retire in Each State list compared data on more than 650 U.S. communities. The metrics included relatively affordable places to live (home prices and cost of living) and quality of life (doctor availability, crime rate, Milken Institute list of best cities for successful aging ranking, air quality, weather, pedestrian walkways and bike paths).
"It just shows the constructive work we are doing at City Hall with elected officials and our community partners. We're trying to move the city forward, and this helps keep us motivated. I hope residents share pride in this recognition, too."
Carolyn J. Kovach
Communications Director, City of Parma, Mayor's Office