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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fort Smith, AR-OK
#175
OVERALL RANKING

Fort Smith, AR-OK


SCORE: 64.91

#186
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.80
 
#135
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.87
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.58%
Population 65+:  40,918
Total Population:  280,626

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 159 80.51 81.58 -1.31 %
Health Care 139 49.25 50.15 -1.79 %
Wellness 256 61.57 68.45 -10.05 %
Financial 117 82.51 81.09 1.75 %
EducationEducation 261 49.95 71.18 -15.68 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
18 86.92 71.18 22.11 %
Employment 216 43.48 51.56 -15.67 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
207 51.65 57.14 -9.61 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
243 43.88 51.89 -15.44 %
(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 51 60.96 49.09
Crime Rate 194 33.91 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 243 76.03 80.67
Unemployment Rate 154 42.73 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 106 65.07 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 180 22.55 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 122 33.33 33.5
Number of hospital beds 101 31.08 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 162 77.78 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 73 32.27 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 63 35.85 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 67 27.40 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 142 22.22 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 188 9.05 13.35
Number of nurses 177 20.26 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 182 1.51 2.35
ER Wait Times 161 20.27 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 266 37.89 46.33
Smoking rate 204 9.54 13.69
Diabetes rate 232 32.33 41.83
Binge drinking 70 23.30 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 252 57.54 74.78
Caregivers 34 53.39 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 272 69.54 76.89
Depression 250 41.13 49.3
Physical activity 266 28.34 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 179 36.76 42.27
Fast-food outlets 52 39.92 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 141 14.48 17.69
Air quality 201 54.23 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 48 66.00 53.83
Total bank deposits 157 0.84 1.37
Tax burden 93 77.95 70.55
Dependency ratio 213 56.50 61.29
Small business growth 160 80.31 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 260 18.26 29.07
Capital gains 178 24.21 31.31
Income growth 158 59.28 60.52
Reverse mortgages 77 35.60 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 23 65.64 46.02
Median rental price 16 86.23 70.18
Households with older adults 124 38.99 39.04
Nursing beds 41 73.54 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 21 92.05 70.35
Home health-care service providers 49 20.81 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 206 7.86 14.8
Cost of assisted living 75 80.05 71.61
Nursing-home rating 159 18.18 22.29
Older adults in family homes 120 82.95 82.84
Cost of adult day services 176 47.60 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 211 48.14 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 130 24.06 31.34
Employment growth 160 43.56 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 175 4.30 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 132 71.50 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 247 0.56 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 181 34.70 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 171 13.36 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 177 38.82 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+ 133 29.13 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 230 10.08 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 197 45.74 63.01
Number of public libraries 165 19.38 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 183 52.01 12.40
Funding for older adults 98 29.20 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 248 78.03 85.93
College enrollment 232 15.51 26.46