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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
#18
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Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT


SCORE: 74.43

#19
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.48
 
#26
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.82
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.98%
Population 65+:  130,540
Total Population:  933,733

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 19 91.83 87.83 4.55 %
Health Care 51 62.92 62.09 1.34 %
Wellness 2 88.42 72.07 22.69 %
Financial Security 49 88.65 88.25 0.45 %
Education 93 51.28 61.67 -16.85 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
32 49.79 46.42 7.26 %
Employment 15 71.26 63.96 11.41 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
99 54.17 69.42 -21.97 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
31 77.62 73.23 5.99 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Comfortable lifestyle

- Safety first: low rates of crime, car crashes
- Healthy transit investment for older adults
- Convenient access to banks, grocery stores

Quality health care

- Cutting edge: many med school-affiliated hospitals
- Joint Commission accreditation for all major hospitals
- Many nursing homes with top ratings

Health and wealth

- Fitness rules: many gyms relative to population
- Low rates of chronic disease, including obesity and diabetes
- Well-heeled population with high savings

Needs Work


Cost barriers

- Housing woes: costly homeownership and rents
- Expensive nursing homes
- Wide income inequality
- The taxman cometh: large tax burden

Economic challenges

- High unemployment among 65-plus residents
- Small businesses struggling
- Sluggish job growth
- Long commutes to work

Takeaway


Home to many New York commuters, Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk also hosts the nationís third-largest cluster of multinational companies, providing a wide range of employment opportunities for its healthy and affluent population. A safe environment helps older adults remain active physically and mentally. But life here is ultra-pricey.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 60 42.56 46.41
Crime rate 3 86.05 52.77
Internet access 29 88.19 83.51
Employment growth 73 83.68 86.82
Unemployment rate 56 60.34 64.06
Income distribution 100 72.73 86.33
Weather 66 56.06 65.13
Fatal car crashes 8 83.63 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 3 98.43 62.02
Primary-care physicians 27 62.76 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 40 47.38 45.49
Number of nurses 88 28.12 38.33
Number of hospital beds 93 24.59 37.22
Long-term hospitals 41 23.73 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 64 30.63 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 70 32.14 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 25 19.20 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 43 30.94 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 27 36.72 31.70
Dialysis centers 93 17.47 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 39 52.29 48.95
Physical therapists 47 55.23 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 67 55.87 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 2 95.45 45.76
Magnet hospitals 11 30.00 14.40
ER wait times 51 34.10 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 7 90.82 70.79
Smoking rate 8 51.92 30.34
Diabetes rate 10 61.39 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 32 85.71 81.26
Caregivers 73 32.31 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 12 90.94 84.59
Depression 30 45.41 43.31
Physical activity 24 73.68 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 1 100.00 46.08
Fast-food outlets 38 62.65 61.73
Falls with injury 17 43.53 38.43
Binge drinking 80 33.47 40.64
Air quality 41 68.42 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 1 100.00 47.44
Total bank deposits 12 10.33 7.24
Tax burden 98 34.85 68.14
Dependency ratio 68 83.01 84.57
Growth of small businesses 76 83.05 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 27 64.80 58.57
Capital gains 7 74.08 49.15
Income growth 18 86.31 84.11
Reverse mortgages 85 2.78 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 93 18.01 44.17
Median rental price 95 45.30 69.47
Households with older adults 24 59.43 55.52
Nursing beds 25 77.32 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 98 35.00 64.62
Home health-care service providers 14 20.57 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 88 12.87 23.14
Cost of assisted living 98 51.66 80.63
Nursing-home rating 8 66.43 36.99
Older adults in family homes 53 84.01 84.60
Cost of adult day services 78 44.87 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 29 59.86 50.90
Commute times 87 66.10 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 27 46.40 38.41
Number of passenger trips 48 5.90 9.79
Public transport fare 58 11.11 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 8 83.40 67.65
Grocery stores 15 41.91 33.58
Special needs transportation 27 37.06 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 37 47.93 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 11 41.65 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 20 58.65 53.28
Number of public libraries 43 46.00 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 68 49.42 60.15
Funding for older adults 21 79.93 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 48 90.32 38.00
College enrollment 55 54.95 58.16
Number of community colleges 100 4.76 20.92
Number of universities 90 21.09 38.93