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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
#67
OVERALL RANKING

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD


SCORE: 71.06

#69
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.87
 
#64
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.71
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.29%
Population 65+:  365,956
Total Population:  2,753,922

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 74 84.32 87.83 -4.00 %
Health Care 8 74.23 62.09 19.55 %
Wellness 60 69.55 72.07 -3.50 %
Financial Security 100 77.51 88.25 -12.17 %
Education 67 58.90 61.67 -4.49 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
25 54.28 46.42 16.93 %
Employment 12 72.47 63.96 13.31 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
86 59.81 69.42 -13.84 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
70 69.73 73.23 -4.78 %
(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 61 42.42 46.41
Crime rate 56 47.09 52.77
Internet access 48 83.61 83.51
Employment growth 65 84.69 86.82
Unemployment rate 62 58.66 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 60 58.11 65.13
Fatal car crashes 26 65.07 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 34 91.97 62.02
Primary-care physicians 14 70.34 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 11 63.12 45.49
Number of nurses 23 45.03 38.33
Number of hospital beds 31 41.45 37.22
Long-term hospitals 28 33.67 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 22 51.61 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 39 43.70 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 13 27.23 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 39 32.92 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 9 43.71 31.70
Dialysis centers 32 46.89 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 33 55.11 48.95
Physical therapists 24 69.26 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 73 53.97 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 4 89.09 45.76
Magnet hospitals 16 24.00 14.40
ER wait times 100 21.05 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 64 65.32 70.79
Smoking rate 48 26.25 30.34
Diabetes rate 58 44.99 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 11 93.46 81.26
Caregivers 69 33.03 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 61 82.98 84.59
Depression 35 44.69 43.31
Physical activity 49 62.38 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 27 53.15 46.08
Fast-food outlets 99 50.29 61.73
Falls with injury 72 32.98 38.43
Binge drinking 54 38.69 40.64
Air quality 71 60.70 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 64 44.75 47.44
Total bank deposits 43 5.63 7.24
Tax burden 91 46.32 68.14
Dependency ratio 27 89.28 84.57
Growth of small businesses 60 85.00 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 42 60.13 58.57
Capital gains 86 31.34 49.15
Income growth 82 80.87 84.11
Reverse mortgages 65 6.26 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 80 32.57 44.17
Median rental price 89 53.69 69.47
Households with older adults 42 55.70 55.52
Nursing beds 44 60.26 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 82 50.36 64.62
Home health-care service providers 81 8.72 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 25 27.40 23.14
Cost of assisted living 77 73.85 80.63
Nursing-home rating 35 41.89 36.99
Older adults in family homes 61 82.77 84.60
Cost of adult day services 81 44.30 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 11 71.23 50.90
Commute times 92 63.70 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 32 43.92 38.41
Number of passenger trips 15 19.25 9.79
Public transport fare 90 8.28 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 39 70.58 67.65
Grocery stores 11 44.34 33.58
Special needs transportation 44 28.08 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 46 46.84 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 56 27.72 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 32 56.54 53.28
Number of public libraries 70 35.70 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 52 57.51 60.15
Funding for older adults 47 74.82 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 47 90.43 38.00
College enrollment 22 65.35 58.16
Number of community colleges 80 11.32 20.92
Number of universities 69 30.41 38.93