A senior housing referral service named Austin the number one city in the country for gay-friendly retirement.

To compile the list, SeniorAdvice.com considered over 100 variables in four different categories: health and safety, recreation and leisure, finance and general quality of life.

The full list included:

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. Phoenix, AZ
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Tampa, FL
  8. Portland, OR
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Columbus, OH
  11. Salt Lake City, UT
  12. Dallas, TX
  13. Las Vegas, NV
  14. San Francisco, CA
  15. Houston, TX

The group considered gay-friendly bars, clubs and other establishments; LGBT festivals and other recreational activities; level of legal protection for gay, lesbian and trans residents and presence of gay senior groups as part of their research.

"We're also very dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and we wanted to make sure we could assist members of the gay and lesbian community in finding the best locations for retirement and senior housing," said SeniorAdvice.com CEO and Founder, Ryan Patterson.

View the full report here.