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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Champaign-Urbana, IL
#12
OVERALL RANKING

Champaign-Urbana, IL


SCORE: 73.93

#12
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.03
 
#11
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.67
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.55%
Population 65+:  27,019
Total Population:  233,943

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 230 77.61 81.58 -4.87 %
Health Care 27 63.47 50.15 26.56 %
Wellness 92 69.97 68.45 2.22 %
Financial 25 88.79 81.09 9.50 %
EducationEducation 8 82.97 71.18 40.06 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
138 71.06 71.18 -.17 %
Employment 62 58.89 51.56 14.22 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
4 83.84 57.14 46.73 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
47 57.36 51.89 10.54 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Getting around

- Strong use of public transportation
- Many walking commuters; low commute times

Care for older adults

- Many hospitals associated with medical schools
- Ample geriatric units and hospice care
- Affordable semiprivate nursing home rooms

Needs Work


Economic issues

- Weak growth in health and leisure employment
- Low growth in incomes and small businesses
- High tax burden; wide income gap

Living and aging

- Too few continuing-care facilities
- Few five-star nursing homes
- Relatively expensive housing prices
- Poor air quality; too much fast food

Takeaway


Convenience characterizes Champaign-Urbana, with a well-used transit system and walkability that attracts many pedestrian commuters. Residents benefit from strong health services targeting older adults, as well as University of Illinois educational opportunities. This metro has above-average numbers of older workers, but employment growth is low and income inequality is significant.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 158 47.05 49.09
Crime Rate 116 43.22 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 235 76.57 80.67
Unemployment Rate 129 45.37 46.80
Income Distribution 250 77.55 84.25
Weather 189 54.99 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 104 30.80 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 42 44.29 33.5
Number of hospital beds 143 26.91 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 32 47.53 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 78 31.69 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 10 60.53 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 16 80.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 185 9.14 13.35
Number of nurses 54 30.67 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 65 2.53 2.35
ER Wait Times 134 23.14 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 40 52.79 46.33
Smoking rate 96 12.95 13.69
Diabetes rate 42 52.55 41.83
Binge drinking 187 14.88 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 122 79.15 74.78
Caregivers 119 38.51 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 101 78.30 76.89
Depression 153 47.54 49.3
Physical activity 62 44.12 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 117 45.18 42.27
Fast-food outlets 218 30.58 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 184 11.04 17.69
Air quality 231 51.92 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 157 51.99 53.83
Total bank deposits 52 1.19 1.37
Tax burden 242 52.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 14 80.78 61.29
Small business growth 96 82.26 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 79 32.83 29.07
Capital gains 84 37.83 31.31
Income growth 228 57.43 60.52
Reverse mortgages 8 67.02 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 160 42.93 46.02
Median rental price 148 70.28 70.18
Households with older adults 260 29.64 39.04
Nursing beds 61 66.48 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 49 78.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 99 13.82 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 254 5.48 14.8
Cost of assisted living 238 62.35 71.61
Nursing-home rating 192 13.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 188 80.76 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 17 77.52 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 32 60.98 31.34
Employment growth 280 7.72 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 89 8.74 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 31 83.61 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 4 39.65 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 174 34.97 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 10 46.44 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 45 55.57 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 25 62.15 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 245 22.70 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 199 12.17 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 150 52.44 63.01
Number of public libraries 17 44.71 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 20 83.78 12.40
Funding for older adults 53 30.88 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 32 93.78 85.93
College enrollment 10 69.55 26.46