SHARE THIS:
Best Cities for Successful Aging | Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
#12
OVERALL RANKING
Mayors Pledge

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO


SCORE: 75.81

#12
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 75.83
 
#13
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 74.64
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.87%
Population 65+:  287,731
Total Population:  2,646,694

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 55 87.23 87.83 -.68 %
Health Care 18 70.12 62.09 12.93 %
Wellness 4 83.48 72.07 15.83 %
Financial Security 20 91.87 88.25 4.10 %
Education 42 62.17 61.67 0.81 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
34 49.10 46.42 5.77 %
Employment 8 75.06 63.96 17.35 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
74 64.12 69.42 -7.63 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
64 70.89 73.23 -3.20 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
Find out about the methodology used for these indicators

Nailed It


Employment and economic stability

- Strong income and employment growth; low poverty rates among older adults
- Service economy with growth in aging-related fields
- Educated population; many older workers

Active and healthy

- Letís get physical: tops in active population
- Low rates of diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimerís
- Staying fit: many recreational facilities per capita
- Strong volunteerism among older people

Quality infrastructure

- Well-funded transit for older adults; high transit usage - Shortest big-city ER waits - Joint Commission thumbs-up for most hospitals - Highly rated nursing homes; ample continuing care

Needs Work


Expensive living

- Pricey hospitals and other costs
- Steep public transit fares
- Many reverse mortgages

Focus on older adults

- Small older population
- Meager funding to support independent aging
- Too much binge drinking

Takeaway


Cold weather doesnít deter Denver-Aurora-Lakewood residents from healthy lifestyles. The lure of the Rockies and an active population give this mile-high metro the No. 1 ranking for physical activity. A strong economy and a vibrant arts and culture scene offer professional and community engagement opportunities for older adults.

Indicator Drill-down graph load here Indicator Average graph will load here

General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 81 34.46 46.41
Crime rate 34 55.93 52.77
Internet access 16 92.69 83.51
Employment growth 10 92.30 86.82
Unemployment rate 10 87.02 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 83 52.88 65.13
Fatal car crashes 24 65.82 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 12 94.69 62.02
Primary-care physicians 12 73.01 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 14 62.52 45.49
Number of nurses 25 44.84 38.33
Number of hospital beds 65 32.39 37.22
Long-term hospitals 47 20.95 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 69 27.05 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 55 37.84 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 50 8.47 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 31 40.98 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 33 34.65 31.70
Dialysis centers 61 34.29 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 43 51.66 48.95
Physical therapists 9 78.14 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 80 50.91 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 22 93.33 83.71
Medical school affiliation 34 55.15 45.76
Magnet hospitals 26 20.00 14.40
ER wait times 1 100.00 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 2 97.93 70.79
Smoking rate 38 29.04 30.34
Diabetes rate 2 76.49 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 9 96.12 81.26
Caregivers 50 37.48 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 26 87.08 84.59
Depression 43 43.68 43.31
Physical activity 1 100.00 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 25 53.91 46.08
Fast-food outlets 60 58.00 61.73
Falls with injury 29 40.04 38.43
Binge drinking 91 30.64 40.64
Air quality 15 78.82 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 3 62.15 47.44
Total bank deposits 37 6.05 7.24
Tax burden 62 63.72 68.14
Dependency ratio 11 92.53 84.57
Growth of small businesses 18 89.42 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 17 71.05 58.57
Capital gains 33 56.50 49.15
Income growth 13 89.59 84.11
Reverse mortgages 82 3.59 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 89 26.67 44.17
Median rental price 86 58.07 69.47
Households with older adults 93 44.08 55.52
Nursing beds 61 52.64 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 52 60.87 64.62
Home health-care service providers 16 18.66 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 21 28.08 23.14
Cost of assisted living 57 76.80 80.63
Nursing-home rating 13 56.83 36.99
Older adults in family homes 58 83.23 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 34 57.74 50.90
Commute times 80 70.44 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 46 33.93 38.41
Number of passenger trips 14 20.71 9.79
Public transport fare 86 8.33 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 15 78.00 67.65
Grocery stores 61 30.62 33.58
Special needs transportation 35 32.79 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 87 38.87 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 30 35.01 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 15 62.79 53.28
Number of public libraries 59 38.39 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 58 54.26 60.15
Funding for older adults 84 70.90 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 17 94.19 38.00
College enrollment 81 49.56 58.16
Number of community colleges 53 17.98 20.92
Number of universities 19 49.75 38.93