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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Flagstaff, AZ
#26
OVERALL RANKING

Flagstaff, AZ


SCORE: 72.12

#19
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.70
 
#42
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.98
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.74%
Population 65+:  13,239
Total Population:  135,862

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 264 74.44 81.58 -8.75 %
Health Care 62 57.63 50.15 14.92 %
Wellness 4 86.55 68.45 26.44 %
Financial 193 78.19 81.09 -3.58 %
EducationEducation 22 73.66 71.18 24.34 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
231 62.22 71.18 -12.59 %
Employment 10 78.52 51.56 52.29 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
22 73.65 57.14 28.89 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
50 57.24 51.89 10.31 %
(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 244 34.22 49.09
Crime Rate 196 33.87 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 109 81.45 80.67
Unemployment Rate 221 36.27 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 85 66.93 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 279 9.12 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 25 50.49 33.5
Number of hospital beds 98 31.28 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 191 66.67 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 74 31.89 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 5 63.78 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 27 40.61 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 19 25.84 13.35
Number of nurses 122 24.02 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 19 3.52 2.35
ER Wait Times 269 11.16 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 15 60.07 46.33
Smoking rate 5 50.16 13.69
Diabetes rate 29 55.64 41.83
Binge drinking 56 25.36 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 89 82.09 74.78
Caregivers 95 40.46 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 11 87.48 76.89
Depression 2 71.95 49.3
Physical activity 10 61.27 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 233 29.24 42.27
Fast-food outlets 260 27.17 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 30 29.44 17.69
Air quality 1 100.00 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 248 37.76 53.83
Total bank deposits 233 0.65 1.37
Tax burden 36 83.72 70.55
Dependency ratio 24 75.71 61.29
Small business growth 153 80.46 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 257 18.70 29.07
Capital gains 126 27.90 31.31
Income growth 136 59.73 60.52
Reverse mortgages 244 7.44 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 242 31.97 46.02
Median rental price 245 56.86 70.18
Households with older adults 254 29.93 39.04
Nursing beds 257 22.69 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 87 72.92 70.35
Home health-care service providers 126 12.03 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 258 5.14 14.8
Cost of assisted living 107 73.87 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 4 95.21 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 56 66.28 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 89 45.85 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 111 7.34 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 20 85.96 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 29 10.33 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 155 36.45 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 3 66.39 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 61 52.98 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 131 44.44 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 260 20.88 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 18 37.20 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 202 44.95 63.01
Number of public libraries 23 43.46 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 124 64.00 12.40
Funding for older adults 277 26.26 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 123 87.77 85.93
College enrollment 21 56.22 26.46