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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Cheyenne, WY
#17
OVERALL RANKING

Cheyenne, WY


SCORE: 73.26

#17
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.12
 
#19
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.54
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.22%
Population 65+:  12,506
Total Population:  94,627

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 18 89.15 81.58 9.28 %
Health Care 50 58.37 50.15 16.39 %
Wellness 54 73.21 68.45 6.95 %
Financial 2 99.93 81.09 23.23 %
EducationEducation 84 60.62 71.18 2.33 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
172 68.37 71.18 -3.95 %
Employment 128 50.22 51.56 -2.60 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
160 54.05 57.14 -5.41 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
20 66.97 51.89 29.06 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Quality of life

- Abundant funding for older-adult programs
- Many caregivers
- Good air quality; few car crashes
- Commuter paradise: average 15 minutes to work

Financial savvy

- Incomes include high proportion of capital gains
- Booming small-business sector
- Many banks per capita
- Low poverty rates among older adults

Needs Work


Aging support lacking

- Not enough home-health providers
- Expensive assisted living and semiprivate nursing homes
- Too few continuing-care facilities, nursing home beds

Infrastructure and activities

- Open seats: public transportation rarely used
- Too few things to do: not enough libraries, entertainment and recreation, social organizations
- Too few local grocery stores for healthful eating

Takeaway


Cheyenne offsets the cold winds of the High Plains with strong quality of life. It leads the nation in small-business growth rates, and its residents remain financially stable despite a slow overall economy. Unemployment is high among older adults, but income inequality is moderate.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 90 55.50 49.09
Crime Rate 98 46.15 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 77 82.57 80.67
Unemployment Rate 39 61.04 46.80
Income Distribution 8 92.68 84.25
Weather 180 55.61 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 11 57.53 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 141 31.24 33.5
Number of hospital beds 185 22.54 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 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 141 23.01 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 22 43.96 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 59 15.99 13.35
Number of nurses 80 27.92 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 121 2.01 2.35
ER Wait Times 63 31.82 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 133 45.53 46.33
Smoking rate 149 10.88 13.69
Diabetes rate 138 40.87 41.83
Binge drinking 164 15.98 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 280 29.77 74.78
Caregivers 3 91.34 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 53 80.94 76.89
Depression 75 52.82 49.3
Physical activity 131 37.83 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 51 55.63 42.27
Fast-food outlets 123 35.15 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 204 9.88 17.69
Air quality 16 82.09 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 9 79.24 53.83
Total bank deposits 136 0.89 1.37
Tax burden 187 62.23 70.55
Dependency ratio 111 61.41 61.29
Small business growth 1 100.00 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 12 51.81 29.07
Capital gains 1 100.00 31.31
Income growth 45 63.44 60.52
Reverse mortgages 144 25.02 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 175 40.90 46.02
Median rental price 191 66.07 70.18
Households with older adults 212 34.10 39.04
Nursing beds 177 41.56 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 139 63.64 70.35
Home health-care service providers 271 2.06 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 174 9.49 14.8
Cost of assisted living 217 64.74 71.61
Nursing-home rating 16 50.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 54 86.40 82.84
Cost of adult day services 32 70.00 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 58 65.05 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 150 22.41 31.34
Employment growth 128 44.35 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 196 3.94 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 1 100.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 175 1.86 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 221 30.20 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 156 14.32 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 271 22.99 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 120 45.68 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 179 26.92 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 66 22.10 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 114 55.54 63.01
Number of public libraries 180 17.38 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 141 61.78 12.40
Funding for older adults 4 85.02 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 62 91.30 85.93
College enrollment 116 22.97 26.46