The New Retirement Mindscape® 2012 City Pulse index examines the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas to determine where consumers are the most prepared for and confident about retirement. Now in its third year, the index also measures retirement trends over time on both a national and local level.

Metropolitan areas are scored based on responses to a national online survey which compares consumers’ likelihood to have determined the amount of money they need to save for retirement and their actual saving habits. The index also takes into account if people have planned for a variety of activities during retirement and expressed confidence about achieving their retirement goals. 

The New Retirement Mindscape 2012 City Pulse indexwas created by Ameriprise Financial utilizing survey responses from 10,063 U.S. adults ages 40-75. The survey was commissioned by Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and conducted online by Harris Interactive from June 15 - June 30, 2012. The national average sample and the 30 U.S. metropolitan areas were each weighted independently to best represent each area. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' likelihood to be online.