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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bakersfield, CA
#98
OVERALL RANKING

Bakersfield, CA


SCORE: 65.20

#98
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.39
 
#98
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.16
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.42%
Population 65+:  80,598
Total Population:  855,498

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 92 81.82 87.83 -6.84 %
Health Care 93 45.82 62.09 -26.20 %
Wellness 31 74.57 72.07 3.47 %
Financial Security 87 82.86 88.25 -6.11 %
Education 97 49.40 61.67 -19.90 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
60 42.39 46.42 -8.68 %
Employment 97 53.46 63.96 -16.42 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
83 60.89 69.42 -12.29 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
79 64.38 73.23 -12.09 %
(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 82 33.99 46.41
Crime rate 76 42.54 52.77
Internet access 89 75.07 83.51
Employment growth 32 88.52 86.82
Unemployment rate 100 30.82 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 19 79.59 65.13
Fatal car crashes 87 32.73 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 92 85.79 62.02
Primary-care physicians 82 48.32 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 86 29.83 45.49
Number of nurses 85 29.33 38.33
Number of hospital beds 75 30.09 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 93 11.88 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 29 49.88 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 55 24.01 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 96 13.29 31.70
Dialysis centers 44 39.66 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 8 73.98 48.95
Physical therapists 100 24.06 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 89 42.96 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 92 63.64 83.71
Medical school affiliation 94 11.57 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 63 31.27 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 47 69.67 70.79
Smoking rate 3 77.43 30.34
Diabetes rate 20 54.79 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 10 93.80 81.26
Caregivers 40 40.10 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 87 79.67 84.59
Depression 5 55.92 43.31
Physical activity 70 58.20 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 99 21.43 46.08
Fast-food outlets 14 69.38 61.73
Falls with injury 47 37.04 38.43
Binge drinking 9 52.68 40.64
Air quality 98 46.76 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 100 21.30 47.44
Total bank deposits 99 2.08 7.24
Tax burden 77 52.36 68.14
Dependency ratio 84 78.40 84.57
Growth of small businesses 26 88.79 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 96 35.07 58.57
Capital gains 23 64.45 49.15
Income growth 8 91.71 84.11
Reverse mortgages 69 5.98 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 66 38.56 44.17
Median rental price 45 71.95 69.47
Households with older adults 78 48.90 55.52
Nursing beds 88 35.21 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 65 57.14 64.62
Home health-care service providers 96 5.88 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 23 27.56 23.14
Cost of assisted living 57 76.80 80.63
Nursing-home rating 99 0.00 36.99
Older adults in family homes 12 89.81 84.60
Cost of adult day services 66 45.45 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 69 40.82 50.90
Commute times 44 81.09 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 93 19.26 38.41
Number of passenger trips 57 4.43 9.79
Public transport fare 39 13.79 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 61 66.34 67.65
Grocery stores 3 54.32 33.58
Special needs transportation 67 21.23 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 96 32.92 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 83 20.83 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 56 48.51 53.28
Number of public libraries 42 47.06 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 76 42.14 60.15
Funding for older adults 54 73.53 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 97 77.63 38.00
College enrollment 86 48.67 58.16
Number of community colleges 97 5.15 20.92
Number of universities 55 37.07 38.93