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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Appleton, WI
#74
OVERALL RANKING

Appleton, WI


SCORE: 68.53

#78
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.48
 
#75
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.03
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.37%
Population 65+:  28,285
Total Population:  228,639

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 34 87.74 81.58 7.55 %
Health Care 49 58.52 50.15 16.69 %
Wellness 144 67.42 68.45 -1.50 %
Financial 148 80.61 81.09 -.59 %
EducationEducation 121 58.65 71.18 -1.00 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
160 69.59 71.18 -2.23 %
Employment 74 56.21 51.56 9.02 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
151 54.61 57.14 -4.43 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
72 54.62 51.89 5.26 %
(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 121 51.42 49.09
Crime Rate 11 74.46 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 113 81.23 80.67
Unemployment Rate 45 60.10 46.80
Income Distribution 2 95.00 84.25
Weather 264 48.85 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 39 43.14 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 111 34.29 33.5
Number of hospital beds 227 16.13 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 12 61.07 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 46 40.71 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 21 30.54 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 62 15.85 13.35
Number of nurses 169 21.27 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 54 2.69 2.35
ER Wait Times 62 31.86 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 137 45.25 46.33
Smoking rate 60 16.22 13.69
Diabetes rate 58 49.61 41.83
Binge drinking 274 9.67 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 239 61.08 74.78
Caregivers 148 35.62 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 149 75.82 76.89
Depression 220 43.24 49.3
Physical activity 58 44.81 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 48 56.03 42.27
Fast-food outlets 101 36.31 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 70 22.66 17.69
Air quality 122 60.76 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 58 64.72 53.83
Total bank deposits 126 0.91 1.37
Tax burden 222 57.92 70.55
Dependency ratio 91 62.54 61.29
Small business growth 200 78.80 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 10 52.59 29.07
Capital gains 149 26.12 31.31
Income growth 122 60.08 60.52
Reverse mortgages 118 30.53 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 163 42.54 46.02
Median rental price 84 77.17 70.18
Households with older adults 239 31.65 39.04
Nursing beds 151 46.28 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 195 56.68 70.35
Home health-care service providers 151 11.14 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 50 23.14 14.8
Cost of assisted living 227 63.44 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 124 82.84 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 230 45.52 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 29 66.16 31.34
Employment growth 156 43.60 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 216 3.33 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 84 76.12 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 93 3.59 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 204 32.16 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 204 10.81 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 179 38.53 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 99 48.15 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 211 24.85 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 64 22.23 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 22 72.65 63.01
Number of public libraries 146 21.32 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 184 51.71 12.40
Funding for older adults 130 28.75 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 91 89.53 85.93
College enrollment 151 20.76 26.46