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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fort Collins, CO
#88
OVERALL RANKING

Fort Collins, CO


SCORE: 67.96

#83
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.26
 
#125
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.08
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.91%
Population 65+:  40,104
Total Population:  310,686

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 82 83.68 81.58 2.57 %
Health Care 164 46.40 50.15 -7.48 %
Wellness 5 85.03 68.45 24.22 %
Financial 139 81.15 81.09 0.07 %
EducationEducation 17 75.53 71.18 27.50 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
226 62.89 71.18 -11.65 %
Employment 174 46.38 51.56 -10.05 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
232 49.17 57.14 -13.95 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
158 49.45 51.89 -4.70 %
(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 232 36.51 49.09
Crime Rate 64 51.04 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 17 88.17 80.67
Unemployment Rate 14 72.76 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 239 51.13 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 49 40.34 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 45 43.22 33.5
Number of hospital beds 228 16.01 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 75.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 184 10.81 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 152 21.63 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 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 2 50.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 109 12.67 13.35
Number of nurses 138 22.78 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 35 3.05 2.35
ER Wait Times 63 31.82 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 4 70.93 46.33
Smoking rate 22 22.99 13.69
Diabetes rate 4 77.27 41.83
Binge drinking 169 15.65 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 23 91.90 74.78
Caregivers 193 31.85 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 22 84.38 76.89
Depression 98 51.14 49.3
Physical activity 4 70.73 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 34 57.85 42.27
Fast-food outlets 219 30.51 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 237 8.08 17.69
Air quality 56 70.51 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 56 64.79 53.83
Total bank deposits 47 1.21 1.37
Tax burden 181 63.72 70.55
Dependency ratio 33 71.37 61.29
Small business growth 16 88.94 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 39 36.90 29.07
Capital gains 46 39.89 31.31
Income growth 21 65.43 60.52
Reverse mortgages 266 3.54 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 247 30.59 46.02
Median rental price 255 53.91 70.18
Households with older adults 225 32.52 39.04
Nursing beds 201 38.93 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 151 60.87 70.35
Home health-care service providers 80 16.16 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 70 19.11 14.8
Cost of assisted living 182 67.33 71.61
Nursing-home rating 55 35.71 22.29
Older adults in family homes 44 87.07 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 91 60.09 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 247 12.54 31.34
Employment growth 56 47.14 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 132 6.01 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 182 68.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 58 5.63 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 250 24.65 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 177 12.80 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 232 32.31 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+ 190 26.22 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 49 25.20 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 53 63.11 63.01
Number of public libraries 256 10.78 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 203 48.41 12.40
Funding for older adults 252 26.93 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 3 98.55 85.93
College enrollment 28 47.20 26.46