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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
#71
OVERALL RANKING

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY


SCORE: 70.47

#73
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.55
 
#73
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.48
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.18%
Population 65+:  183,484
Total Population:  1,133,767

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 70 85.07 87.83 -3.14 %
Health Care 76 55.53 62.09 -10.57 %
Wellness 57 70.10 72.07 -2.73 %
Financial Security 44 89.23 88.25 1.11 %
Education 51 61.25 61.67 -.68 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
17 56.60 46.42 21.93 %
Employment 86 56.85 63.96 -11.12 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
68 65.34 69.42 -5.88 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
68 69.89 73.23 -4.56 %
(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 16 58.92 46.41
Crime rate 45 50.97 52.77
Internet access 91 73.04 83.51
Employment growth 94 81.72 86.82
Unemployment rate 74 57.07 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 95 51.22 65.13
Fatal car crashes 17 72.67 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 84 86.97 62.02
Primary-care physicians 87 45.15 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 15 60.29 45.49
Number of nurses 54 36.23 38.33
Number of hospital beds 22 43.91 37.22
Long-term hospitals 25 34.45 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 80 22.24 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 73 31.11 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 59 22.46 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 71 27.08 31.70
Dialysis centers 95 15.95 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 65 41.52 48.95
Physical therapists 48 55.02 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 60 57.52 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 91 64.29 83.71
Medical school affiliation 6 81.82 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 62 31.61 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 54 68.04 70.79
Smoking rate 82 21.52 30.34
Diabetes rate 49 47.71 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 51 83.10 81.26
Caregivers 85 29.85 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 72 81.15 84.59
Depression 25 46.58 43.31
Physical activity 55 61.50 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 16 56.52 46.08
Fast-food outlets 77 54.89 61.73
Falls with injury 73 32.91 38.43
Binge drinking 59 37.07 40.64
Air quality 69 61.32 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 89 37.53 47.44
Total bank deposits 20 8.06 7.24
Tax burden 94 39.21 68.14
Dependency ratio 45 85.38 84.57
Growth of small businesses 48 86.04 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 67 53.97 58.57
Capital gains 2 89.97 49.15
Income growth 81 80.90 84.11
Reverse mortgages 41 14.89 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 20 55.49 44.17
Median rental price 8 84.71 69.47
Households with older adults 14 61.40 55.52
Nursing beds 36 68.70 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 94 38.78 64.62
Home health-care service providers 46 13.95 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 81 14.18 23.14
Cost of assisted living 85 70.24 80.63
Nursing-home rating 72 25.83 36.99
Older adults in family homes 100 75.83 84.60
Cost of adult day services 92 41.18 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 17 66.50 50.90
Commute times 7 90.61 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 25 48.13 38.41
Number of passenger trips 29 9.25 9.79
Public transport fare 74 9.09 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 28 74.26 67.65
Grocery stores 8 47.48 33.58
Special needs transportation 21 38.59 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 14 55.71 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 50 29.90 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 98 37.80 53.28
Number of public libraries 57 39.21 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 59 53.78 60.15
Funding for older adults 12 83.14 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 53 89.89 38.00
College enrollment 46 57.76 58.16
Number of community colleges 28 23.78 20.92
Number of universities 66 32.90 38.93