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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Columbia, MO
#4
OVERALL RANKING
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Columbia, MO


SCORE: 79.03

#4
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 78.34
 
#2
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.50
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.73%
Population 65+:  16,397
Total Population:  168,530

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 107 82.39 81.58 0.99 %
Health Care 2 89.92 50.15 79.30 %
Wellness 45 73.74 68.45 7.73 %
Financial 12 91.81 81.09 13.22 %
EducationEducation 11 80.87 71.18 36.51 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
66 78.58 71.18 10.40 %
Employment 52 60.21 51.56 16.78 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
28 71.83 57.14 25.71 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
102 52.65 51.89 1.46 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Health care and fitness

- Great selection of orthopedic surgeons, primary-care doctors, and nurses
- Many med-school-affiliated hospitals
- Working out: many fitness centers and high rates of exercising

Long-term services and supports

- Affordable assisted living and semiprivate nursing rooms
- Many home health-care providers, caregivers, and physical therapists

Finances and careers

- Educated population
- Few reverse mortgages; thriving small businesses
- High levels of older-adult employment

Needs Work


Population health

- Weak outreach: insufficient enrollment of Medicare-eligible population
- High rates of depression and Alzheimer’s
- Burgers and fries: too many fast food outlets

Livability factors

- High income inequality and cost of living
- High crime rate; many car crashes per capita

Takeaway


With its young population and vibrant college scene, Columbia still is well-suited to aging and consistently lands in the “Best Cities” top five. It provides affordable long-term care and ample transit funding for older people. The University of Missouri offers undergrad and professional education while contributing to a reliable regional economy.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 176 45.10 49.09
Crime Rate 177 36.08 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 56 83.53 80.67
Unemployment Rate 18 69.32 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 166 56.45 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 118 28.66 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 7 65.98 33.5
Number of hospital beds 4 80.13 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 142 83.33 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 4 77.17 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 3 68.60 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 48 32.76 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 15 83.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 43 16.67 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 2 79.23 13.35
Number of nurses 8 66.84 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 23 3.44 2.35
ER Wait Times 138 22.73 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 93 47.55 46.33
Smoking rate 84 13.95 13.69
Diabetes rate 32 55.01 41.83
Binge drinking 218 13.78 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 225 65.11 74.78
Caregivers 26 57.16 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 64 80.06 76.89
Depression 224 42.80 49.3
Physical activity 30 50.00 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 7 77.54 42.27
Fast-food outlets 232 29.48 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 210 9.65 17.69
Air quality 189 55.00 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 88 60.08 53.83
Total bank deposits 65 1.12 1.37
Tax burden 110 76.35 70.55
Dependency ratio 11 82.74 61.29
Small business growth 81 82.90 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 45 35.99 29.07
Capital gains 163 25.26 31.31
Income growth 140 59.64 60.52
Reverse mortgages 22 52.59 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 196 38.87 46.02
Median rental price 162 68.70 70.18
Households with older adults 275 25.32 39.04
Nursing beds 91 58.88 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 22 91.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 33 24.85 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 54 21.66 14.8
Cost of assisted living 1 100.00 71.61
Nursing-home rating 127 22.22 22.29
Older adults in family homes 164 81.62 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 27 74.54 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 110 27.95 31.34
Employment growth 54 47.17 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 55 13.13 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 18 87.43 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 28 10.38 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 37 45.15 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 21 36.73 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 19 67.57 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 213 35.80 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 264 19.73 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 127 16.25 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 79 58.68 63.01
Number of public libraries 165 19.38 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 38 79.81 12.40
Funding for older adults 83 29.51 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 21 94.61 85.93
College enrollment 14 63.87 26.46