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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Ann Arbor, MI
#6
OVERALL RANKING
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Ann Arbor, MI


SCORE: 74.77

#13
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.81
 
#6
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.19
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.05%
Population 65+:  38,797
Total Population:  351,146

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 68 84.48 81.58 3.55 %
Health Care 3 85.24 50.15 69.97 %
Wellness 34 74.99 68.45 9.55 %
Financial 100 83.44 81.09 2.90 %
EducationEducation 12 79.01 71.18 33.37 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
238 61.11 71.18 -14.15 %
Employment 245 40.40 51.56 -21.64 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
16 75.12 57.14 31.47 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
151 49.80 51.89 -4.03 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Active bodies and minds

- Exercise-conscious population
- Strong culture around public transit; many pedestrian commuters
- Google it: high levels of Internet use by older adults
- Educated older residents

State-of-the-art health system

- Prevention focus: bountiful access to primary-care clinicians and nurses
- Many orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists
- Joint Commission accreditation for all hospitals

Needs Work


Frail foundation for purposeful aging

- High unemployment among older population
- Few religious and civic organizations; few older-adult volunteers
- Low employment growth in aging-related industries
- High rates of depression

Expensive

- Costly housing and hospitals
- Adult day care unaffordable for many

Takeaway


Ann Arbor is home to the powerhouse University of Michigan and its Wolverines, attracting researchers and innovators and providing strong health and transportation infrastructure. People living in its brisk climate enjoy numerous cultural and recreational amenities, but expensive living and a competitive economy may strain their wallets.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 180 44.69 49.09
Crime Rate 45 56.22 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 79 82.47 80.67
Unemployment Rate 23 67.34 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 232 51.58 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 74 35.49 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 2 96.51 33.5
Number of hospital beds 11 57.80 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 31 23.43 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 69 33.04 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 91 29.37 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 11 44.05 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 63 28.05 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 34 57.14 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 7 45.19 13.35
Number of nurses 3 72.95 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 8 4.42 2.35
ER Wait Times 180 18.90 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 28 54.68 46.33
Smoking rate 28 20.41 13.69
Diabetes rate 39 53.31 41.83
Binge drinking 192 14.76 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 181 72.60 74.78
Caregivers 64 45.35 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 31 83.09 76.89
Depression 239 42.01 49.3
Physical activity 14 56.86 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 27 61.38 42.27
Fast-food outlets 201 31.43 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 127 15.36 17.69
Air quality 224 52.38 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 183 48.81 53.83
Total bank deposits 56 1.17 1.37
Tax burden 117 75.53 70.55
Dependency ratio 15 80.26 61.29
Small business growth 62 83.84 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 28 39.31 29.07
Capital gains 224 21.59 31.31
Income growth 56 62.59 60.52
Reverse mortgages 175 20.44 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 228 33.57 46.02
Median rental price 246 56.17 70.18
Households with older adults 257 29.78 39.04
Nursing beds 207 38.13 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 205 56.22 70.35
Home health-care service providers 46 21.36 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 148 10.98 14.8
Cost of assisted living 82 77.69 71.61
Nursing-home rating 139 20.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 217 79.76 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 37 71.30 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 196 17.61 31.34
Employment growth 281 4.82 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 106 7.72 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 217 64.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 8 27.93 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 239 27.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 12 44.87 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 42 56.99 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 26 61.73 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 247 22.64 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 59 23.20 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 132 53.61 63.01
Number of public libraries 149 20.73 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 167 56.38 12.40
Funding for older adults 115 28.88 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 37 93.37 85.93
College enrollment 15 61.25 26.46