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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bismarck, ND
#21
OVERALL RANKING

Bismarck, ND


SCORE: 72.51

#20
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.63
 
#32
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.67
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.95%
Population 65+:  16,748
Total Population:  120,085

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 110 82.34 81.58 0.93 %
Health Care 10 72.95 50.15 45.46 %
Wellness 164 66.47 68.45 -2.89 %
Financial 66 85.23 81.09 5.11 %
EducationEducation 192 55.56 71.18 -6.21 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
191 66.15 71.18 -7.07 %
Employment 6 87.27 51.56 69.26 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
193 52.52 57.14 -8.09 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
15 72.62 51.89 39.95 %
(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 211 39.53 49.09
Crime Rate 82 48.57 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 20 87.21 80.67
Unemployment Rate 4 91.44 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 274 47.04 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 115 29.05 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 51 42.40 33.5
Number of hospital beds 66 38.01 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 28 52.10 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 69 34.73 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 6 66.35 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 18 75.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 25 25.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 43 17.47 13.35
Number of nurses 14 43.80 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 12 4.05 2.35
ER Wait Times 24 41.06 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 143 44.70 46.33
Smoking rate 107 12.25 13.69
Diabetes rate 41 52.67 41.83
Binge drinking 249 11.82 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 275 35.51 74.78
Caregivers 87 41.58 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 58 80.72 76.89
Depression 152 47.56 49.3
Physical activity 93 41.12 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 45 56.49 42.27
Fast-food outlets 41 41.10 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 154 13.17 17.69
Air quality 38 73.63 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 15 74.83 53.83
Total bank deposits 11 1.76 1.37
Tax burden 233 56.34 70.55
Dependency ratio 100 62.13 61.29
Small business growth 5 94.69 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 172 25.07 29.07
Capital gains 95 34.79 31.31
Income growth 4 75.03 60.52
Reverse mortgages 148 24.31 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 255 28.61 46.02
Median rental price 104 74.36 70.18
Households with older adults 208 34.53 39.04
Nursing beds 43 72.63 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 237 50.91 70.35
Home health-care service providers 268 2.79 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 115 12.93 14.8
Cost of assisted living 78 77.96 71.61
Nursing-home rating 96 27.27 22.29
Older adults in family homes 258 76.99 82.84
Cost of adult day services 178 46.67 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 34 71.78 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 30 48.94 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 26 22.92 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 41 82.26 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 195 1.45 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 43 44.35 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 256 7.04 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 244 31.00 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+ 177 27.10 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 43 26.50 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 9 81.07 63.01
Number of public libraries 127 23.02 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 107 67.79 12.40
Funding for older adults 5 66.14 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 170 85.49 85.93
College enrollment 184 18.84 26.46