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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
#48
OVERALL RANKING

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI


SCORE: 72.46

#47
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.35
 
#30
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.28
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.05%
Population 65+:  1,146,574
Total Population:  9,514,059

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 60 86.26 87.83 -1.79 %
Health Care 37 64.73 62.09 4.25 %
Wellness 61 69.47 72.07 -3.61 %
Financial Security 78 84.61 88.25 -4.12 %
Education 57 60.45 61.67 -1.98 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
6 62.10 46.42 33.78 %
Employment 55 61.40 63.96 -4.00 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
55 69.32 69.42 -.14 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
57 72.47 73.23 -1.04 %
(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 48 47.13 46.41
Crime rate 26 63.32 52.77
Internet access 61 81.13 83.51
Employment growth 54 85.34 86.82
Unemployment rate 80 54.03 64.06
Income distribution 76 83.33 86.33
Weather 90 51.90 65.13
Fatal car crashes 11 77.57 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 24 92.67 62.02
Primary-care physicians 18 68.63 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 85 30.52 45.49
Number of nurses 45 38.78 38.33
Number of hospital beds 47 37.36 37.22
Long-term hospitals 39 23.89 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 50 35.99 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 56 37.76 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 30 15.03 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 32 39.81 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 55 31.06 31.70
Dialysis centers 30 46.98 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 69 40.30 48.95
Physical therapists 8 80.00 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 65 57.40 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 77 76.07 83.71
Medical school affiliation 25 63.09 45.76
Magnet hospitals 10 30.77 14.40
ER wait times 71 29.20 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 34 73.58 70.79
Smoking rate 41 28.39 30.34
Diabetes rate 23 53.82 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 62 80.68 81.26
Caregivers 48 37.53 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 42 84.71 84.59
Depression 14 49.08 43.31
Physical activity 29 68.36 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 50 46.63 46.08
Fast-food outlets 81 54.71 61.73
Falls with injury 76 32.51 38.43
Binge drinking 88 31.43 40.64
Air quality 95 49.74 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 13 56.82 47.44
Total bank deposits 17 9.29 7.24
Tax burden 74 53.73 68.14
Dependency ratio 31 88.50 84.57
Growth of small businesses 27 88.48 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 61 55.52 58.57
Capital gains 42 52.61 49.15
Income growth 83 80.82 84.11
Reverse mortgages 89 1.97 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 67 38.31 44.17
Median rental price 74 63.23 69.47
Households with older adults 61 52.41 55.52
Nursing beds 21 81.91 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 19 76.95 64.62
Home health-care service providers 9 24.94 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 93 11.76 23.14
Cost of assisted living 83 71.60 80.63
Nursing-home rating 45 35.89 36.99
Older adults in family homes 62 82.68 84.60
Cost of adult day services 62 50.85 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 4 80.54 50.90
Commute times 97 61.27 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 19 52.54 38.41
Number of passenger trips 5 33.30 9.79
Public transport fare 73 9.26 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 16 77.79 67.65
Grocery stores 10 46.00 33.58
Special needs transportation 43 28.88 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 66 42.61 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 34 32.95 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 47 52.92 53.28
Number of public libraries 46 44.84 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 69 48.95 60.15
Funding for older adults 18 80.73 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 75 87.31 38.00
College enrollment 51 56.88 58.16
Number of community colleges 66 15.55 20.92
Number of universities 29 45.65 38.93