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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Dover, DE
#254
OVERALL RANKING

Dover, DE


SCORE: 61.86

#252
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 62.16
 
#265
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 61.00
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.47%
Population 65+:  24,237
Total Population:  167,540

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 261 75.04 81.58 -8.02 %
Health Care 186 44.71 50.15 -10.85 %
Wellness 122 68.52 68.45 0.10 %
Financial 253 73.28 81.09 -9.63 %
EducationEducation 76 61.30 71.18 3.48 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
255 56.68 71.18 -20.37 %
Employment 114 51.48 51.56 -.16 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
180 53.28 57.14 -6.76 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
86 53.54 51.89 3.18 %
(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 237 35.60 49.09
Crime Rate 161 37.86 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 140 80.36 80.67
Unemployment Rate 143 43.52 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 139 60.69 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 276 10.90 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 193 26.80 33.5
Number of hospital beds 208 18.93 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 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 242 12.10 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 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 2 50.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 182 9.32 13.35
Number of nurses 222 17.06 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 154 1.74 2.35
ER Wait Times 96 26.51 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 202 41.78 46.33
Smoking rate 153 10.73 13.69
Diabetes rate 229 32.57 41.83
Binge drinking 118 18.06 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 1 100.00 74.78
Caregivers 218 30.08 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 113 77.51 76.89
Depression 23 60.78 49.3
Physical activity 227 31.30 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 142 41.66 42.27
Fast-food outlets 12 46.23 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 233 8.33 17.69
Air quality 119 61.11 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 201 45.93 53.83
Total bank deposits 248 0.59 1.37
Tax burden 189 62.15 70.55
Dependency ratio 177 58.26 61.29
Small business growth 33 86.42 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 120 29.58 29.07
Capital gains 240 20.62 31.31
Income growth 177 58.75 60.52
Reverse mortgages 227 11.88 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 227 33.83 46.02
Median rental price 256 53.76 70.18
Households with older adults 110 39.71 39.04
Nursing beds 217 36.43 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 263 46.67 70.35
Home health-care service providers 68 18.52 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 275 3.91 14.8
Cost of assisted living 281 43.95 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 32 87.83 82.84
Cost of adult day services 167 50.72 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 219 47.63 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 73 34.21 31.34
Employment growth 10 53.07 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 78 9.64 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 248 61.69 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 243 0.62 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 4 66.31 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 177 12.80 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 198 35.89 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 155 41.98 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 129 29.38 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 60 23.01 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 48 64.79 63.01
Number of public libraries 249 11.40 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 232 39.17 12.40
Funding for older adults 11 45.12 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 166 85.70 85.93
College enrollment 68 31.32 26.46