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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Boulder, CO
#11
OVERALL RANKING

Boulder, CO


SCORE: 74.05

#11
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.09
 
#14
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.40
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.07%
Population 65+:  33,802
Total Population:  305,297

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 81 83.69 81.58 2.59 %
Health Care 52 58.14 50.15 15.93 %
Wellness 1 100.00 68.45 46.09 %
Financial 115 82.55 81.09 1.80 %
EducationEducation 25 72.46 71.18 22.32 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
269 54.30 71.18 -23.71 %
Employment 102 52.89 51.56 2.58 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
25 72.66 57.14 27.16 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
81 53.87 51.89 3.82 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Quality of life

- Walkable neighborhoods; few car crashes
- Low unemployment
- Easy financial transactions: many banks

Healthy community

- Strong record preventing obesity and diabetes
- Active population: many fitness centers
- Many primary-care physicians, physical therapists

Lots to do

- Tech-savvy older adults; high Internet usage
- Highly educated older population
- Many cultural amenities

Needs Work


Costly living

- Ultra-pricey housing market
- High income inequality; many reverse mortgages
- Expensive hospitals

Infrastructure for older adults

- Too few magnet hospitals
- Low transportation funding for older and disabled riders
- Meager funding for programs to enable independent aging

Takeaway


Anchored in the consistently healthy Rocky Mountain West, Boulder stands out among our 281 small metros: itís No. 1 in wellness. An educated population enjoys walkable neighborhoods, cultural amenities, and the stateís largest university. The cost of living isnít cheap, however. Housing is among the priciest in the group.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 274 23.09 49.09
Crime Rate 69 50.34 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 26 86.08 80.67
Unemployment Rate 11 75.81 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 190 54.95 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 9 58.49 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 6 69.12 33.5
Number of hospital beds 175 23.77 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 171 12.64 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 119 25.27 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 50 32.19 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 143 20.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 13 31.91 13.35
Number of nurses 94 26.69 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 5 4.85 2.35
ER Wait Times 32 39.16 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 1 100.00 46.33
Smoking rate 17 24.90 13.69
Diabetes rate 1 100.00 41.83
Binge drinking 104 19.23 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 24 91.30 74.78
Caregivers 140 36.20 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 19 85.36 76.89
Depression 33 58.26 49.3
Physical activity 1 100.00 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 2 89.77 42.27
Fast-food outlets 244 28.81 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 221 9.11 17.69
Air quality 63 68.75 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 4 86.51 53.83
Total bank deposits 22 1.52 1.37
Tax burden 181 63.72 70.55
Dependency ratio 20 78.08 61.29
Small business growth 31 86.55 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 89 32.08 29.07
Capital gains 46 39.89 31.31
Income growth 19 66.33 60.52
Reverse mortgages 271 2.53 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 275 14.44 46.02
Median rental price 269 45.76 70.18
Households with older adults 265 28.20 39.04
Nursing beds 220 36.03 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 151 60.87 70.35
Home health-care service providers 131 11.73 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 120 12.30 14.8
Cost of assisted living 182 67.33 71.61
Nursing-home rating 127 22.22 22.29
Older adults in family homes 170 81.40 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 50 67.47 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 136 23.74 31.34
Employment growth 85 46.03 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 136 5.86 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 140 70.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 79 4.21 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 182 34.68 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 39 29.43 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 31 60.92 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 11 71.60 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 240 22.98 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 16 38.40 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 54 63.10 63.01
Number of public libraries 218 14.05 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 192 50.12 12.40
Funding for older adults 252 26.93 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 8 96.79 85.93
College enrollment 34 42.54 26.46