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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Burlington-South Burlington, VT
#20
OVERALL RANKING

Burlington-South Burlington, VT


SCORE: 72.56

#21
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.54
 
#41
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.28
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.53%
Population 65+:  26,778
Total Population:  213,721

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 196 79.48 81.58 -2.57 %
Health Care 30 62.48 50.15 24.59 %
Wellness 17 79.39 68.45 15.98 %
Financial 136 81.21 81.09 0.15 %
EducationEducation 48 64.87 71.18 9.50 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
274 53.30 71.18 -25.12 %
Employment 51 60.27 51.56 16.89 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
13 78.71 57.14 37.75 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
8 77.92 51.89 50.16 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Healthy aging in place

- Many caregivers and primary-care doctors
- Low rates of diabetes and obesity
- Many fitness centers and outdoor recreation opportunities
- Many grocery stores

Infrastructure and engagement

- Pedestrian commuting common
- Avid readers: many libraries
- Strong funding for older-adult programs
- Many older workers and philanthropists

Needs Work


Narrow range of medical services

- No magnet hospitals
- Few rehabilitation and geriatric facilities
- Substantial distance to long-term hospital treatment

Pricey living

- High tax burden; slow income growth
- Expensive housing and many reverse mortgages
- Long commutes

Takeaway


Home to Sen. Bernie Sanders as well as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Burlington has a politically progressive culture that includes transportation and health-care investment. It’s relatively remote—Canada is just up the road—but offers cultural amenities and intellectual stimulation for its educated population. Housing is costly, but this metro does well in services that help people age at home.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 268 28.73 49.09
Crime Rate 139 40.48 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 92 82.02 80.67
Unemployment Rate 10 79.39 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 271 47.22 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 16 53.76 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 4 74.89 33.5
Number of hospital beds 207 19.07 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 154 16.16 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 251 10.77 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 19 32.32 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 103 20.58 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 9 40.95 13.35
Number of nurses 41 32.60 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 4 4.86 2.35
ER Wait Times 115 24.49 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 13 61.02 46.33
Smoking rate 54 16.57 13.69
Diabetes rate 14 58.85 41.83
Binge drinking 261 11.45 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 281 27.20 74.78
Caregivers 5 89.73 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 55 80.88 76.89
Depression 170 46.15 49.3
Physical activity 22 51.46 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 18 64.08 42.27
Fast-food outlets 114 35.58 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 21 35.26 17.69
Air quality 67 68.12 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 96 58.51 53.83
Total bank deposits 52 1.19 1.37
Tax burden 200 60.17 70.55
Dependency ratio 23 75.86 61.29
Small business growth 127 81.28 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 22 40.78 29.07
Capital gains 79 38.85 31.31
Income growth 77 61.62 60.52
Reverse mortgages 185 18.58 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 271 20.95 46.02
Median rental price 267 47.95 70.18
Households with older adults 225 32.52 39.04
Nursing beds 225 33.79 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 244 50.00 70.35
Home health-care service providers 28 25.28 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 86 16.13 14.8
Cost of assisted living 237 62.81 71.61
Nursing-home rating 102 25.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 249 77.79 82.84
Cost of adult day services 281 28.23 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 14 80.29 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 114 27.24 31.34
Employment growth 84 46.10 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 102 7.97 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 140 70.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 43 7.69 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 249 25.33 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 9 46.64 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 7 84.86 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 40 57.10 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 207 25.42 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 76 20.72 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 27 72.34 63.01
Number of public libraries 4 75.65 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 176 53.86 12.40
Funding for older adults 6 65.39 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 65 90.98 85.93
College enrollment 60 32.79 26.46