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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Akron, OH
#51
OVERALL RANKING

Akron, OH


SCORE: 72.18

#51
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.05
 
#45
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.71
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.94%
Population 65+:  105,341
Total Population:  704,957

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 28 89.90 87.83 2.36 %
Health Care 45 64.11 62.09 3.25 %
Wellness 92 64.89 72.07 -9.96 %
Financial Security 63 86.77 88.25 -1.68 %
Education 28 65.17 61.67 5.68 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
43 45.74 46.42 -1.46 %
Employment 85 57.01 63.96 -10.87 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
25 75.51 69.42 8.77 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
26 78.44 73.23 7.11 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 8 64.62 46.41
Crime rate 41 52.12 52.77
Internet access 55 82.48 83.51
Employment growth 70 84.28 86.82
Unemployment rate 40 64.15 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 82 53.03 65.13
Fatal car crashes 16 73.23 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 28 92.49 62.02
Primary-care physicians 57 56.15 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 84 30.70 45.49
Number of nurses 56 35.79 38.33
Number of hospital beds 68 31.69 37.22
Long-term hospitals 31 29.68 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 41 38.32 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 68 33.50 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 18 24.01 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 8 77.40 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 43 33.19 31.70
Dialysis centers 67 32.33 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 96 22.44 48.95
Physical therapists 69 47.50 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 74 53.86 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 73 77.78 83.71
Medical school affiliation 16 70.71 45.76
Magnet hospitals 4 53.33 14.40
ER wait times 14 54.47 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 80 62.03 70.79
Smoking rate 86 21.18 30.34
Diabetes rate 61 44.81 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 66 79.52 81.26
Caregivers 58 35.93 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 79 80.07 84.59
Depression 99 33.19 43.31
Physical activity 74 57.98 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 69 39.88 46.08
Fast-food outlets 84 54.17 61.73
Falls with injury 89 29.84 38.43
Binge drinking 57 37.34 40.64
Air quality 91 53.75 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 73 42.77 47.44
Total bank deposits 71 4.38 7.24
Tax burden 51 69.88 68.14
Dependency ratio 38 86.69 84.57
Growth of small businesses 96 81.08 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 9 76.80 58.57
Capital gains 93 27.88 49.15
Income growth 62 82.21 84.11
Reverse mortgages 11 32.71 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 8 61.55 44.17
Median rental price 19 82.80 69.47
Households with older adults 30 58.11 55.52
Nursing beds 17 83.00 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 42 66.67 64.62
Home health-care service providers 13 21.75 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 75 15.68 23.14
Cost of assisted living 72 74.04 80.63
Nursing-home rating 71 26.32 36.99
Older adults in family homes 75 80.83 84.60
Cost of adult day services 14 63.64 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 40 52.16 50.90
Commute times 27 84.28 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 63 27.41 38.41
Number of passenger trips 59 4.14 9.79
Public transport fare 17 16.67 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 32 72.06 67.65
Grocery stores 85 24.42 33.58
Special needs transportation 5 61.57 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 22 52.79 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 53 29.05 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 24 57.79 53.28
Number of public libraries 35 49.06 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 40 68.84 60.15
Funding for older adults 28 78.17 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 36 91.83 38.00
College enrollment 17 67.31 58.16
Number of community colleges 9 38.35 20.92
Number of universities 98 14.15 38.93