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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Cedar Rapids, IA
#82
OVERALL RANKING

Cedar Rapids, IA


SCORE: 68.27

#80
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.41
 
#99
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.24
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.20%
Population 65+:  37,141
Total Population:  261,628

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 135 81.41 81.58 -.21 %
Health Care 92 53.28 50.15 6.24 %
Wellness 207 64.17 68.45 -6.25 %
Financial 61 85.55 81.09 5.50 %
EducationEducation 87 60.43 71.18 2.01 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
82 77.19 71.18 8.44 %
Employment 70 57.01 51.56 10.57 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
182 53.12 57.14 -7.04 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
32 61.69 51.89 18.89 %
(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 123 51.17 49.09
Crime Rate 103 44.99 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 179 79.11 80.67
Unemployment Rate 30 63.86 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 248 50.31 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 90 32.80 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 188 27.20 33.5
Number of hospital beds 173 24.05 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 221 60.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 63 35.46 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 133 23.64 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 58 30.11 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 73 40.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 162 10.55 13.35
Number of nurses 91 26.81 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 96 2.24 2.35
ER Wait Times 109 24.96 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 184 42.62 46.33
Smoking rate 105 12.31 13.69
Diabetes rate 144 40.41 41.83
Binge drinking 178 15.38 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 266 45.19 74.78
Caregivers 89 41.02 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 66 79.98 76.89
Depression 150 47.59 49.3
Physical activity 123 38.02 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 57 54.21 42.27
Fast-food outlets 95 36.56 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 72 22.58 17.69
Air quality 155 57.25 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 59 64.63 53.83
Total bank deposits 58 1.15 1.37
Tax burden 164 67.92 70.55
Dependency ratio 138 59.94 61.29
Small business growth 68 83.51 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 18 45.05 29.07
Capital gains 215 22.39 31.31
Income growth 114 60.42 60.52
Reverse mortgages 49 42.00 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 188 39.84 46.02
Median rental price 61 79.28 70.18
Households with older adults 200 35.11 39.04
Nursing beds 100 55.69 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 42 80.00 70.35
Home health-care service providers 134 11.60 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 76 17.96 14.8
Cost of assisted living 116 72.14 71.61
Nursing-home rating 33 42.86 22.29
Older adults in family homes 196 80.56 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 52 66.96 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 62 38.43 31.34
Employment growth 103 45.35 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 164 4.74 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 69 78.06 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 121 2.90 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 212 30.87 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 129 16.61 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 203 35.44 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+ 161 28.07 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 114 16.87 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 33 71.64 63.01
Number of public libraries 21 44.02 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 137 62.25 12.40
Funding for older adults 22 32.44 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 31 93.89 85.93
College enrollment 171 19.38 26.46