Best Cities for Successful Aging | Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI
NO.
64
SCORE: 89.70
FOR AGES 65-79
NO. 57
SCORE: 88.07
FOR AGES 80+
NO. 71
SCORE: 90.21

Percent of Population 65+:  11.41%
Population 65+:  1,079,893
Total Population:  9,461,105

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 96 72.15 80.46 -10.33 %
Health Care 37 71.18 67.16 5.99 %
Wellness 67 77.53 79.9 -2.97 %
Financial 70 73.68 76.35 -3.50 %
Employment 35 72.36 70.34 2.87 %
Living Arrangements 78 54.36 60.39 -9.99 %
Transportation 5 74.82 64.04 16.83 %
Community Engagement 50 75.28 75.94 -.87 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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General Indicators

General
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 56 46.92 52.04
Crime Rate 45 47.62 48.86
Neighborhood (binge drinking) 73 46.92 25.92
Employee Growth 67 84.45 86.26
Unemployment Rate 68 50.67 56.59
Income Distribution 84 82.30 85.97
Weather 89 38.12 54.23
Fatal Car Crashes 12 66.73 44.54

Financial Indicators

Financial
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 25 41.26 37.01
Total bank deposits 17 13.79 11.03
Tax burden 66 63.07 69.32
Dependency Ratio 35 85.05 83.27
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2004-2009) 54 83.69 84.36
% of 65+ below poverty 73 59.60 66.99
Capital Gains as % of AGI 67 44.36 56.30
Indexed Income Growth 76 83.87 86.58
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 33 6.95 8.09

Transportation Indicators

Transportation
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Mean Commute Time to Work 93 67.14 80.22
Number of Passenger Trips 6 33.88 10.2
Mean Fare for 65+ 1 100.00 21.3
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 65 79.98 81.71
Number of Grocery, etc. 32 56.35 52.72
% of Households with Proximity to Grocery 12 99.35 98.15

Community Engagement Indicators

Community
Engagement
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of Population over 65 62 42.98 46.92
Number of Museums, cultural, etc. 41 43.28 42.00
Senior Volunteer Rates 21 65.52 59.21
Number of Public Libraries 46 34.56 35.40
Number of YMCAs 57 20.22 31.40
Funding for Seniors 32 92.59 92.18

Employment Indicators

Employment/
Education
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number 65+ Employed 26 70.44 65.21
65+ Unemployment Rate 3 45.38 9.53
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 53 83.62 84.62
Output of service/manufacturing 50 18.18 22.93
College Enrollment 53 52.90 55.18
Community Colleges 55 23.83 30.92
Number of Universities 73 23.44 32.42

Housing Indicators

Living
Arrangements
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 73 32.90 42.74
Median Rental Price 33 17.94 17.69
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 62 53.60 56.03
Number of Nursing Beds 37 25.80 26.11
Median Price Semi-Private Nursing Room 38 72.32 68.25
Number of People Providing Home health-care services 36 8.68 9.44
Continuing Care Facilities 99 7.29 20.33
Assisted Living Cost 56 67.64 67.41
Nursing-home rating 58 47.09 51.79

Medical Indicators

Health-Care
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 31 62.75 54.29
Availability of Hospital Beds 43 33.83 33.63
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 61 58.20 62.38
Expenses per Inpatient Day 63 61.90 64.99
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 50 19.00 22.77
% of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 46 33.71 33.86
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 54 36.83 41.03
% of Hospitals with Alzheimer's Units 24 17.59 9.93
% of Hospitals with Hospice 24 43.20 29.78
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 32 54.51 41.59
% of Magnet Hospitals 18 17.21 10.73
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 58 59.73 60.58
Number of Mental Health Professionals 39 28.01 25.48
Number of Dialysis Centers 62 31.24 34.28
Number of MRI 70 42.57 50.91
Number of Service Professionals (Nurses) 37 63.53 59.46
Number of Physical Therapists 36 69.83 62.79

Wellness Indicators

Wellness
Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 32 93.22 91.06
Medicaid Eligible 92 45.46 65.49
Obesity Rate 40 45.94 46.06
Smoking Rate 47 46.02 48.92
Diabetes Rate 56 65.39 67.33
Alzheimer's Cases 56 61.83 63.45
Number of Caregivers 34 75.20 71.91
Life Expectancy at 65 41 82.74 82.99
% of Seniors Living in Family Households 58 80.46 81.69
% of Older Americans with frequent mental distress 50 44.44 45.03
% of Older Americans with no physical activity 56 65.15 68.96
% Walking to Work 22 50.34 38.51
Number of Fitness Centers 61 48.88 51.2
Number of fast food outlets 38 47.81 47.3
Soda Consumption 71 70.50 77.77
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 69 28.77 37.77