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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Elkhart-Goshen, IN
#136
OVERALL RANKING

Elkhart-Goshen, IN


SCORE: 66.34

#132
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.42
 
#134
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.88
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.76%
Population 65+:  25,424
Total Population:  199,258

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 50 85.69 81.58 5.04 %
Health Care 165 46.33 50.15 -7.62 %
Wellness 173 65.64 68.45 -4.11 %
Financial 87 83.90 81.09 3.47 %
EducationEducation 206 54.62 71.18 -7.80 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
124 73.01 71.18 2.57 %
Employment 182 46.01 51.56 -10.76 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
106 57.72 57.14 1.02 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
104 52.63 51.89 1.43 %
(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 89 55.57 49.09
Crime Rate 87 47.73 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 6 93.47 80.67
Unemployment Rate 38 61.20 46.80
Income Distribution 8 92.68 84.25
Weather 223 52.41 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 110 30.08 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 214 24.71 33.5
Number of hospital beds 212 18.70 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 262 33.33 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 65 34.10 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 145 22.73 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 98 21.71 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 15 33.33 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 116 12.52 13.35
Number of nurses 172 21.09 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 227 1.19 2.35
ER Wait Times 85 27.67 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 154 43.89 46.33
Smoking rate 120 11.82 13.69
Diabetes rate 111 42.90 41.83
Binge drinking 42 27.69 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 179 72.93 74.78
Caregivers 83 42.18 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 132 76.65 76.89
Depression 159 47.00 49.3
Physical activity 191 33.59 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 207 33.25 42.27
Fast-food outlets 129 34.62 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 156 13.00 17.69
Air quality 257 49.11 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 159 51.83 53.83
Total bank deposits 204 0.73 1.37
Tax burden 101 76.49 70.55
Dependency ratio 249 53.97 61.29
Small business growth 262 75.17 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 6 55.47 29.07
Capital gains 266 18.55 31.31
Income growth 18 66.37 60.52
Reverse mortgages 97 33.52 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 73 54.92 46.02
Median rental price 84 77.17 70.18
Households with older adults 200 35.11 39.04
Nursing beds 46 72.32 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 130 65.12 70.35
Home health-care service providers 253 4.29 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 167 9.70 14.8
Cost of assisted living 170 68.37 71.61
Nursing-home rating 164 16.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 81 84.97 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 83 60.56 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 186 18.54 31.34
Employment growth 118 44.90 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 281 0.58 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 72 77.66 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 192 1.56 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 95 39.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 222 9.38 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 68 52.46 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 170 41.12 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 209 25.18 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 227 10.27 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 129 54.22 63.01
Number of public libraries 94 26.25 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 27 82.76 12.40
Funding for older adults 110 28.89 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 109 88.70 85.93
College enrollment 269 12.82 26.46