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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Decatur, IL
#79
OVERALL RANKING

Decatur, IL


SCORE: 68.42

#90
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.99
 
#58
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.12
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.98%
Population 65+:  18,678
Total Population:  109,978

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 56 85.15 81.58 4.38 %
Health Care 45 58.60 50.15 16.85 %
Wellness 227 63.13 68.45 -7.77 %
Financial 63 85.34 81.09 5.24 %
EducationEducation 159 56.85 71.18 -4.03 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
35 82.64 71.18 16.10 %
Employment 265 37.81 51.56 -26.67 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
154 54.46 57.14 -4.69 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
78 54.10 51.89 4.26 %
(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 3 86.96 49.09
Crime Rate 122 42.77 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 263 74.77 80.67
Unemployment Rate 247 33.33 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 183 55.38 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 153 24.86 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 109 34.45 33.5
Number of hospital beds 139 27.18 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 31 48.15 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 77 32.10 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 57 30.66 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 1 100.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 193 8.90 13.35
Number of nurses 62 29.45 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 254 0.98 2.35
ER Wait Times 152 21.21 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 140 45.13 46.33
Smoking rate 242 7.91 13.69
Diabetes rate 141 40.61 41.83
Binge drinking 253 11.74 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 104 80.64 74.78
Caregivers 249 27.37 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 239 71.67 76.89
Depression 157 47.20 49.3
Physical activity 139 37.50 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 175 37.14 42.27
Fast-food outlets 44 40.74 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 227 8.80 17.69
Air quality 232 51.89 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 44 66.58 53.83
Total bank deposits 112 0.95 1.37
Tax burden 242 52.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 219 55.99 61.29
Small business growth 232 77.42 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 87 32.26 29.07
Capital gains 84 37.83 31.31
Income growth 271 55.39 60.52
Reverse mortgages 7 67.54 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 12 71.99 46.02
Median rental price 11 89.89 70.18
Households with older adults 88 40.72 39.04
Nursing beds 44 72.50 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 49 78.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 160 10.38 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 176 9.44 14.8
Cost of assisted living 238 62.35 71.61
Nursing-home rating 203 11.11 22.29
Older adults in family homes 246 78.15 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 225 46.78 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 252 12.05 31.34
Employment growth 205 42.34 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 246 2.37 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 36 82.70 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 46 6.94 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 174 34.97 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 134 16.01 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 218 33.69 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 171 40.74 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 54 33.72 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 220 10.80 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 153 52.33 63.01
Number of public libraries 81 28.01 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 41 78.39 12.40
Funding for older adults 58 30.86 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 136 87.56 85.93
College enrollment 179 19.17 26.46