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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Chico, CA
#264
OVERALL RANKING

Chico, CA


SCORE: 61.06

#261
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 61.59
 
#271
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 60.58
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.22%
Population 65+:  35,858
Total Population:  221,016

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 255 75.64 81.58 -7.28 %
Health Care 270 35.45 50.15 -29.31 %
Wellness 100 69.50 68.45 1.53 %
Financial 251 73.47 81.09 -9.40 %
EducationEducation 41 66.64 71.18 12.49 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
250 58.30 71.18 -18.09 %
Employment 178 46.27 51.56 -10.26 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
53 65.22 57.14 14.14 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
270 39.29 51.89 -24.28 %
(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 272 25.72 49.09
Crime Rate 171 36.65 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 73 82.68 80.67
Unemployment Rate 252 32.59 46.80
Income Distribution 274 74.51 84.25
Weather 61 71.93 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 123 27.83 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 198 26.40 33.5
Number of hospital beds 217 17.72 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 233 50.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 172 12.46 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 194 16.61 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 131 11.74 13.35
Number of nurses 129 23.47 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 189 1.48 2.35
ER Wait Times 203 17.20 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 56 50.85 46.33
Smoking rate 249 7.55 13.69
Diabetes rate 155 39.24 41.83
Binge drinking 227 13.05 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 30 90.59 74.78
Caregivers 262 24.59 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 52 81.04 76.89
Depression 83 52.28 49.3
Physical activity 51 45.55 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 190 35.93 42.27
Fast-food outlets 112 35.61 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 174 11.71 17.69
Air quality 69 67.90 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 131 55.41 53.83
Total bank deposits 153 0.85 1.37
Tax burden 251 52.36 70.55
Dependency ratio 87 62.86 61.29
Small business growth 165 80.24 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 174 25.01 29.07
Capital gains 28 45.50 31.31
Income growth 78 61.61 60.52
Reverse mortgages 247 7.18 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 267 24.88 46.02
Median rental price 221 62.12 70.18
Households with older adults 60 42.73 39.04
Nursing beds 196 39.25 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 179 57.14 70.35
Home health-care service providers 232 5.95 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 99 14.37 14.8
Cost of assisted living 182 67.33 71.61
Nursing-home rating 212 8.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 220 79.57 82.84
Cost of adult day services 183 45.45 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 178 50.85 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 217 15.25 31.34
Employment growth 145 43.90 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 37 17.14 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 124 72.17 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 94 3.54 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 12 48.54 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 52 27.10 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 96 48.81 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 43 55.56 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 78 32.15 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 236 9.52 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 189 48.28 63.01
Number of public libraries 264 9.57 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 244 35.11 12.40
Funding for older adults 174 27.93 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 120 87.98 85.93
College enrollment 39 40.38 26.46