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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bowling Green, KY
#90
OVERALL RANKING

Bowling Green, KY


SCORE: 67.87

#94
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.90
 
#102
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.12
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.92%
Population 65+:  20,938
Total Population:  162,087

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 148 80.93 81.58 -.80 %
Health Care 121 50.57 50.15 0.84 %
Wellness 193 64.89 68.45 -5.20 %
Financial 6 96.51 81.09 19.02 %
EducationEducation 155 57.06 71.18 -3.68 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
110 74.07 71.18 4.06 %
Employment 149 48.44 51.56 -6.05 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
136 55.65 57.14 -2.61 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
209 46.48 51.89 -10.43 %
(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 149 48.08 49.09
Crime Rate 83 48.31 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 45 84.01 80.67
Unemployment Rate 109 48.25 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 133 61.19 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 227 18.33 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 197 26.60 33.5
Number of hospital beds 33 47.23 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 191 66.67 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 49 41.45 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 42 41.45 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 125 11.91 13.35
Number of nurses 77 28.25 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 118 2.05 2.35
ER Wait Times 124 23.57 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 179 42.70 46.33
Smoking rate 241 8.03 13.69
Diabetes rate 159 38.94 41.83
Binge drinking 206 14.29 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 246 58.41 74.78
Caregivers 19 64.41 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 189 74.34 76.89
Depression 278 37.62 49.3
Physical activity 220 31.94 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 216 32.34 42.27
Fast-food outlets 110 35.73 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 109 17.24 17.69
Air quality 202 54.07 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 124 56.01 53.83
Total bank deposits 150 0.87 1.37
Tax burden 41 83.14 70.55
Dependency ratio 49 66.91 61.29
Small business growth 2 97.79 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 221 21.46 29.07
Capital gains 243 20.35 31.31
Income growth 54 62.73 60.52
Reverse mortgages 10 65.64 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 96 51.96 46.02
Median rental price 53 80.44 70.18
Households with older adults 212 34.10 39.04
Nursing beds 120 51.73 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 118 67.31 70.35
Home health-care service providers 238 5.65 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 153 10.53 14.8
Cost of assisted living 97 75.37 71.61
Nursing-home rating 80 30.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 116 83.04 82.84
Cost of adult day services 143 52.24 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 150 54.01 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 111 27.83 31.34
Employment growth 32 48.84 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 224 3.09 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 140 70.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 265 0.45 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 195 32.96 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 107 19.34 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 104 47.49 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+ 208 25.39 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 113 16.91 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 253 41.44 63.01
Number of public libraries 75 29.13 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 177 53.82 12.40
Funding for older adults 139 28.67 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 258 75.54 85.93
College enrollment 55 34.33 26.46