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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Colorado Springs, CO
#46
OVERALL RANKING

Colorado Springs, CO


SCORE: 72.48

#35
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.95
 
#70
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.81
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.84%
Population 65+:  72,525
Total Population:  668,818

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 68 85.36 87.83 -2.81 %
Health Care 82 53.16 62.09 -14.38 %
Wellness 6 82.67 72.07 14.71 %
Financial Security 45 89.17 88.25 1.04 %
Education 2 81.82 61.67 32.67 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
69 40.27 46.42 -13.25 %
Employment 51 62.41 63.96 -2.42 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
72 64.52 69.42 -7.06 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
43 74.93 73.23 2.32 %
(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 83 33.95 46.41
Crime rate 52 48.72 52.77
Internet access 4 96.60 83.51
Employment growth 43 87.16 86.82
Unemployment rate 26 69.38 64.06
Income distribution 6 90.91 86.33
Weather 56 60.70 65.13
Fatal car crashes 45 51.85 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 43 91.30 62.02
Primary-care physicians 78 49.82 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 7 66.81 45.49
Number of nurses 55 36.14 38.33
Number of hospital beds 89 26.37 37.22
Long-term hospitals 14 41.60 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 92 13.43 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 79 28.17 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 85 0.00 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 63 29.49 31.70
Dialysis centers 92 18.02 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 22 60.04 48.95
Physical therapists 3 99.44 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 80 50.91 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 46 87.50 83.71
Medical school affiliation 96 0.00 45.76
Magnet hospitals 36 15.00 14.40
ER wait times 83 27.05 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 9 88.98 70.79
Smoking rate 49 26.12 30.34
Diabetes rate 4 67.89 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 8 96.61 81.26
Caregivers 49 37.50 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 27 86.84 84.59
Depression 13 49.42 43.31
Physical activity 5 89.59 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 51 46.16 46.08
Fast-food outlets 32 64.42 61.73
Falls with injury 68 33.87 38.43
Binge drinking 14 49.46 40.64
Air quality 2 97.63 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 48 48.68 47.44
Total bank deposits 96 2.49 7.24
Tax burden 62 63.72 68.14
Dependency ratio 32 88.04 84.57
Growth of small businesses 42 86.91 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 14 72.55 58.57
Capital gains 33 56.50 49.15
Income growth 47 83.83 84.11
Reverse mortgages 61 7.63 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 76 33.42 44.17
Median rental price 70 64.01 69.47
Households with older adults 91 45.39 55.52
Nursing beds 73 45.60 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 52 60.87 64.62
Home health-care service providers 24 16.85 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 26 27.33 23.14
Cost of assisted living 57 76.80 80.63
Nursing-home rating 39 38.75 36.99
Older adults in family homes 37 86.31 84.60
Cost of adult day services 41 53.85 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 74 39.69 50.90
Commute times 39 81.78 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 26 47.37 38.41
Number of passenger trips 74 2.59 9.79
Public transport fare 63 10.53 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 14 79.49 67.65
Grocery stores 92 20.17 33.58
Special needs transportation 91 11.38 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 86 39.10 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 21 38.25 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 14 62.85 53.28
Number of public libraries 58 39.16 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 19 80.22 60.15
Funding for older adults 84 70.90 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 4 98.17 38.00
College enrollment 7 71.34 58.16
Number of community colleges 7 39.39 20.92
Number of universities 5 69.02 38.93