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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Columbus, OH
#49
OVERALL RANKING

Columbus, OH


SCORE: 72.37

#45
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.45
 
#48
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.52
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.36%
Population 65+:  220,983
Total Population:  1,944,937

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 42 88.39 87.83 0.64 %
Health Care 30 66.88 62.09 7.71 %
Wellness 75 66.71 72.07 -7.44 %
Financial Security 82 83.83 88.25 -5.01 %
Education 24 65.76 61.67 6.63 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
51 44.12 46.42 -4.95 %
Employment 14 71.36 63.96 11.57 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
35 72.47 69.42 4.39 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
35 76.84 73.23 4.93 %
(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 18 58.64 46.41
Crime rate 59 46.94 52.77
Internet access 39 85.88 83.51
Employment growth 29 89.32 86.82
Unemployment rate 17 76.46 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 69 55.31 65.13
Fatal car crashes 44 52.20 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 63 89.26 62.02
Primary-care physicians 13 72.91 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 46 46.72 45.49
Number of nurses 5 54.89 38.33
Number of hospital beds 35 39.88 37.22
Long-term hospitals 59 13.69 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 71 26.52 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 48 40.19 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 42 11.08 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 17 53.56 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 29 35.41 31.70
Dialysis centers 53 36.40 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 58 44.85 48.95
Physical therapists 43 56.26 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 74 53.86 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 26 91.67 83.71
Medical school affiliation 18 68.94 45.76
Magnet hospitals 15 25.00 14.40
ER wait times 65 30.94 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 68 63.85 70.79
Smoking rate 80 21.73 30.34
Diabetes rate 56 45.62 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 72 77.74 81.26
Caregivers 25 45.90 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 81 79.99 84.59
Depression 77 37.70 43.31
Physical activity 63 59.69 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 53 45.12 46.08
Fast-food outlets 87 53.46 61.73
Falls with injury 12 46.14 38.43
Binge drinking 65 36.15 40.64
Air quality 90 53.93 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 67 44.19 47.44
Total bank deposits 29 6.95 7.24
Tax burden 51 69.88 68.14
Dependency ratio 22 90.07 84.57
Growth of small businesses 68 84.24 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 32 63.74 58.57
Capital gains 93 27.88 49.15
Income growth 15 87.14 84.11
Reverse mortgages 54 10.54 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 26 53.67 44.17
Median rental price 38 73.91 69.47
Households with older adults 88 46.05 55.52
Nursing beds 29 73.58 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 42 66.67 64.62
Home health-care service providers 3 38.54 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 62 17.79 23.14
Cost of assisted living 72 74.04 80.63
Nursing-home rating 88 17.22 36.99
Older adults in family homes 66 82.51 84.60
Cost of adult day services 14 63.64 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 56 45.35 50.90
Commute times 36 82.13 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 45 34.79 38.41
Number of passenger trips 52 5.19 9.79
Public transport fare 72 9.35 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 69 63.82 67.65
Grocery stores 30 37.94 33.58
Special needs transportation 33 34.41 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 83 40.00 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 70 24.75 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 22 58.30 53.28
Number of public libraries 22 54.11 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 29 74.16 60.15
Funding for older adults 28 78.17 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 37 91.51 38.00
College enrollment 32 62.24 58.16
Number of community colleges 16 29.32 20.92
Number of universities 57 36.20 38.93