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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fargo, ND-MN
#14
OVERALL RANKING
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Fargo, ND-MN


SCORE: 73.41

#15
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.42
 
#22
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.49
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.83%
Population 65+:  23,486
Total Population:  216,785

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 23 88.68 81.58 8.70 %
Health Care 33 62.21 50.15 24.05 %
Wellness 126 68.27 68.45 -.26 %
Financial 77 84.59 81.09 4.32 %
EducationEducation 32 70.30 71.18 18.67 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
178 67.82 71.18 -4.72 %
Employment 61 58.92 51.56 14.27 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
55 65.08 57.14 13.90 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
4 80.38 51.89 54.90 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Strong economy

- Low unemployment and strong job growth, especially in health and leisure
- Robust upward trend in incomes
- Many deposits relative to population in its many banks

Quality of life

- Low rates of car crashes; short commutes
- Fighting chronic disease: many nurses and primary-care clinicians; low diabetes rates
- Quality medical care; med-school affiliations
- Lots to do: many cultural amenities, libraries

Needs Work


Long-term services and supports

- Few people aging at home; not enough home-health providers
- High rates of Alzheimer’s disease
- Expensive nursing homes and adult day care
- Too few highly rated nursing homes
- Not enough specialty care for older people

General livability

- Not enough grocery stores for healthy eating
- Inadequate funding for older-adult transit
- High income inequality

Takeaway


This upper Midwest metro with an entrepreneurial heritage boasts a stable economy. Low unemployment and high income growth help maintain its “Best Cities” position. Fargo endures a cold climate but receives government support for programs and services for older adults, while residents enjoy many cultural amenities and possess a philanthropic spirit.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 134 50.10 49.09
Crime Rate 77 49.29 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 19 87.90 80.67
Unemployment Rate 2 97.11 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 277 45.35 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 6 61.96 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 21 52.07 33.5
Number of hospital beds 59 39.24 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 143 18.09 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 243 12.06 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 92 23.04 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 29 60.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 25 24.13 13.35
Number of nurses 11 46.08 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 47 2.78 2.35
ER Wait Times 24 41.06 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 105 46.97 46.33
Smoking rate 129 11.53 13.69
Diabetes rate 12 60.44 41.83
Binge drinking 268 10.52 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 270 40.87 74.78
Caregivers 46 49.10 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 46 81.62 76.89
Depression 263 39.37 49.3
Physical activity 50 45.64 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 52 54.79 42.27
Fast-food outlets 91 36.82 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 124 15.65 17.69
Air quality 121 60.92 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 43 66.62 53.83
Total bank deposits 12 1.64 1.37
Tax burden 234 55.34 70.55
Dependency ratio 28 74.06 61.29
Small business growth 98 82.22 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 101 31.01 29.07
Capital gains 109 30.28 31.31
Income growth 6 71.80 60.52
Reverse mortgages 73 36.47 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 211 36.73 46.02
Median rental price 87 77.06 70.18
Households with older adults 270 26.62 39.04
Nursing beds 63 66.18 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 226 53.18 70.35
Home health-care service providers 255 4.14 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 68 19.26 14.8
Cost of assisted living 94 76.51 71.61
Nursing-home rating 102 25.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 272 74.94 82.84
Cost of adult day services 179 46.17 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 26 74.75 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 174 19.66 31.34
Employment growth 6 55.45 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 74 9.88 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 12 89.47 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 41 7.78 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 190 34.31 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 90 22.00 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 121 44.82 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 58 53.09 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 257 21.28 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 13 45.97 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 7 81.37 63.01
Number of public libraries 16 45.41 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 75 72.51 12.40
Funding for older adults 7 54.77 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 45 92.64 85.93
College enrollment 32 42.81 26.46