The Twin Cities area is No. 1 in a ranking of best places for seniors to live, according to a survey released Thursday.

The categories used in the report by Sperling's Best Places were health care, economy, health and longevity, social life, environment, spiritual life, housing, transportation and crime.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area scored best in environment, healthy living and longevity, social life and health care.

Seniors gravitate to the Twin Cities area "for Minnesota's progressive medical insurance program and for proximity to the Rochester, MN-based Mayo Clinic--factors that contribute to the region's high scores for life expectancy and health care," the report noted.

The survey added that Minneapolis-St. Paul's "numerous recreational options, combined with a large senior population, give the region a high score for social life."

Rounding out the top 10 metro areas were Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Denver, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Portland (Ore.), Kansas City and Newark.

To see the full report, visit www.startribune.com/a701.

Sperling's, noted for producing for the past 20 years city rankings on the best places to live, retire, work and other lifestyle choices, conducted this survey in May on behalf of Chicago-based Bankers Life and Casualty Co.Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482