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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Columbus, IN
#215
OVERALL RANKING

Columbus, IN


SCORE: 63.58

#197
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.54
 
#240
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 62.58
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.37%
Population 65+:  11,349
Total Population:  78,966

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 70 84.24 81.58 3.26 %
Health Care 269 35.48 50.15 -29.25 %
Wellness 232 62.87 68.45 -8.15 %
Financial 121 82.33 81.09 1.53 %
EducationEducation 163 56.59 71.18 -4.47 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
173 68.37 71.18 -3.95 %
Employment 18 72.66 51.56 40.92 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
224 49.88 57.14 -12.71 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
223 45.69 51.89 -11.95 %
(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 86 56.01 49.09
Crime Rate 175 36.13 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 7 92.95 80.67
Unemployment Rate 26 65.83 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 164 56.71 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 207 19.93 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 85 37.36 33.5
Number of hospital beds 198 20.62 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 277 0.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 112 25.83 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 57 16.22 13.35
Number of nurses 146 22.44 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 21 3.49 2.35
ER Wait Times 116 24.48 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 122 46.18 46.33
Smoking rate 159 10.55 13.69
Diabetes rate 152 39.49 41.83
Binge drinking 264 11.04 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 176 73.39 74.78
Caregivers 128 37.94 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 193 74.14 76.89
Depression 241 41.99 49.3
Physical activity 183 34.12 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 119 44.60 42.27
Fast-food outlets 265 26.76 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 171 11.89 17.69
Air quality 257 49.11 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 95 58.70 53.83
Total bank deposits 179 0.79 1.37
Tax burden 101 76.49 70.55
Dependency ratio 171 58.44 61.29
Small business growth 260 75.21 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 61 33.92 29.07
Capital gains 266 18.55 31.31
Income growth 24 65.20 60.52
Reverse mortgages 92 34.10 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 138 45.66 46.02
Median rental price 172 68.02 70.18
Households with older adults 162 37.41 39.04
Nursing beds 94 57.54 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 130 65.12 70.35
Home health-care service providers 101 13.73 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 186 8.75 14.8
Cost of assisted living 170 68.37 71.61
Nursing-home rating 164 16.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 210 79.87 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 60 64.52 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 270 36.60 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 280 0.90 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 62 78.87 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 188 1.60 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 95 39.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 189 12.15 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 190 36.63 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 241 30.86 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 159 28.10 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 265 6.40 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 125 54.27 63.01
Number of public libraries 207 14.88 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 134 62.40 12.40
Funding for older adults 122 28.87 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 79 90.36 85.93
College enrollment 240 15.16 26.46