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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Carbondale-Marion, IL
#49
OVERALL RANKING

Carbondale-Marion, IL


SCORE: 70.37

#49
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.18
 
#35
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.46
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.44%
Population 65+:  19,560
Total Population:  126,650

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 83 83.68 81.58 2.57 %
Health Care 34 62.14 50.15 23.91 %
Wellness 175 65.51 68.45 -4.30 %
Financial 183 78.85 81.09 -2.76 %
EducationEducation 26 72.07 71.18 21.66 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
61 78.88 71.18 10.82 %
Employment 156 47.74 51.56 -7.41 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
48 66.38 57.14 16.17 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
52 57.01 51.89 9.87 %
(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 20 68.06 49.09
Crime Rate 70 50.25 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 190 78.64 80.67
Unemployment Rate 186 39.63 46.80
Income Distribution 264 76.00 84.25
Weather 153 59.23 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 185 22.21 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 43 44.10 33.5
Number of hospital beds 61 39.11 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 153 80.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 7 70.99 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 79 31.55 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 29 60.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 95 13.68 13.35
Number of nurses 36 33.86 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 164 1.67 2.35
ER Wait Times 197 17.64 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 206 41.56 46.33
Smoking rate 176 10.20 13.69
Diabetes rate 141 40.61 41.83
Binge drinking 110 18.53 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 114 79.82 74.78
Caregivers 206 31.03 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 149 75.82 76.89
Depression 192 44.62 49.3
Physical activity 192 33.55 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 60 52.97 42.27
Fast-food outlets 70 38.46 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 101 18.82 17.69
Air quality 205 53.40 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 74 62.77 53.83
Total bank deposits 141 0.88 1.37
Tax burden 242 52.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 43 67.63 61.29
Small business growth 85 82.71 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 183 24.36 29.07
Capital gains 84 37.83 31.31
Income growth 204 57.96 60.52
Reverse mortgages 109 31.34 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 20 67.45 46.02
Median rental price 42 82.24 70.18
Households with older adults 174 36.83 39.04
Nursing beds 103 55.27 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 49 78.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 28 25.28 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 179 9.36 14.8
Cost of assisted living 238 62.35 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 196 80.56 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 188 50.21 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 89 31.90 31.34
Employment growth 233 40.88 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 88 8.79 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 57 79.69 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 114 3.02 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 174 34.97 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 28 32.99 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 41 57.21 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 98 48.67 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 136 29.11 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 207 11.79 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 143 52.75 63.01
Number of public libraries 87 27.39 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 4 98.08 12.40
Funding for older adults 53 30.88 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 110 88.50 85.93
College enrollment 25 51.81 26.46