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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Billings, MT
#40
OVERALL RANKING
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Billings, MT


SCORE: 70.95

#41
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.74
 
#49
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.56
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.12%
Population 65+:  24,631
Total Population:  162,866

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 219 78.61 81.58 -3.64 %
Health Care 16 66.23 50.15 32.06 %
Wellness 50 73.51 68.45 7.39 %
Financial 84 84.04 81.09 3.64 %
EducationEducation 170 56.45 71.18 -4.71 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
167 68.88 71.18 -3.23 %
Employment 50 60.35 51.56 17.05 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
205 51.78 57.14 -9.38 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
13 75.44 51.89 45.38 %
(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 164 46.18 49.09
Crime Rate 216 31.56 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 76 82.59 80.67
Unemployment Rate 15 71.87 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 208 53.22 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 152 24.88 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 103 34.93 33.5
Number of hospital beds 87 33.18 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 75.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 23 53.91 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 61 35.94 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 16 45.77 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 25 25.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 32 20.54 13.35
Number of nurses 46 31.42 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 55 2.66 2.35
ER Wait Times 58 32.63 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 35 53.67 46.33
Smoking rate 112 12.19 13.69
Diabetes rate 63 48.44 41.83
Binge drinking 237 12.41 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 277 33.36 74.78
Caregivers 7 72.61 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 97 78.37 76.89
Depression 273 38.43 49.3
Physical activity 102 40.25 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 5 80.41 42.27
Fast-food outlets 194 31.61 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 49 25.72 17.69
Air quality 25 78.17 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 32 69.27 53.83
Total bank deposits 16 1.59 1.37
Tax burden 76 80.92 70.55
Dependency ratio 183 58.07 61.29
Small business growth 55 84.41 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 147 27.59 29.07
Capital gains 80 38.33 31.31
Income growth 47 63.31 60.52
Reverse mortgages 214 13.52 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 192 39.22 46.02
Median rental price 137 71.47 70.18
Households with older adults 148 37.99 39.04
Nursing beds 124 51.25 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 122 66.67 70.35
Home health-care service providers 96 14.07 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 53 21.85 14.8
Cost of assisted living 162 70.93 71.61
Nursing-home rating 127 22.22 22.29
Older adults in family homes 239 78.61 82.84
Cost of adult day services 266 36.84 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 21 76.23 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 72 34.25 31.34
Employment growth 54 47.17 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 144 5.45 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 65 78.46 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 160 2.25 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 231 28.79 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 152 14.72 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 216 33.76 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 141 43.21 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 118 29.75 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 3 90.80 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 68 60.50 63.01
Number of public libraries 222 13.70 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 159 58.38 12.40
Funding for older adults 12 40.56 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 82 90.05 85.93
College enrollment 239 15.24 26.46