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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
#23
OVERALL RANKING

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI


SCORE: 73.93

#24
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.76
 
#23
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.09
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.32%
Population 65+:  123,869
Total Population:  1,005,493

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 26 90.32 87.83 2.84 %
Health Care 53 62.24 62.09 0.24 %
Wellness 30 74.66 72.07 3.59 %
Financial Security 16 93.01 88.25 5.39 %
Education 41 62.24 61.67 0.92 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
41 46.15 46.42 -.58 %
Employment 96 53.61 63.96 -16.18 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
38 71.84 69.42 3.49 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
23 79.53 73.23 8.60 %
(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 22 57.48 46.41
Crime rate 11 72.85 52.77
Internet access 69 79.61 83.51
Employment growth 14 91.65 86.82
Unemployment rate 11 86.54 64.06
Income distribution 6 90.91 86.33
Weather 92 51.44 65.13
Fatal car crashes 60 42.34 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 70 88.45 62.02
Primary-care physicians 40 59.50 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 19 58.16 45.49
Number of nurses 20 46.21 38.33
Number of hospital beds 53 35.00 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 37 39.76 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 35 44.49 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 40 32.12 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 65 29.41 31.70
Dialysis centers 82 24.11 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 98 18.26 48.95
Physical therapists 2 99.96 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 40 63.29 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 85 71.43 83.71
Medical school affiliation 76 27.27 45.76
Magnet hospitals 32 17.14 14.40
ER wait times 7 67.81 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 52 68.59 70.79
Smoking rate 70 23.36 30.34
Diabetes rate 27 52.81 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 74 77.19 81.26
Caregivers 34 41.97 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 48 84.14 84.59
Depression 98 33.39 43.31
Physical activity 28 69.41 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 55 44.23 46.08
Fast-food outlets 6 75.49 61.73
Falls with injury 2 94.28 38.43
Binge drinking 90 30.78 40.64
Air quality 63 62.02 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 51 47.65 47.44
Total bank deposits 68 4.46 7.24
Tax burden 34 75.53 68.14
Dependency ratio 66 83.42 84.57
Growth of small businesses 59 85.03 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 20 69.16 58.57
Capital gains 87 30.58 49.15
Income growth 11 90.46 84.11
Reverse mortgages 4 47.53 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 21 55.44 44.17
Median rental price 24 78.84 69.47
Households with older adults 70 50.88 55.52
Nursing beds 60 52.92 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 77 56.22 64.62
Home health-care service providers 38 14.68 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 19 29.51 23.14
Cost of assisted living 32 88.62 80.63
Nursing-home rating 34 42.27 36.99
Older adults in family homes 43 85.66 84.60
Cost of adult day services 82 43.75 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 37 56.07 50.90
Commute times 11 89.77 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 42 36.33 38.41
Number of passenger trips 47 6.03 9.79
Public transport fare 45 11.76 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 93 49.69 67.65
Grocery stores 64 30.38 33.58
Special needs transportation 46 27.38 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 64 43.36 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 73 22.90 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 49 52.60 53.28
Number of public libraries 16 59.38 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 3 97.08 60.15
Funding for older adults 41 76.05 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 28 92.69 38.00
College enrollment 38 60.56 58.16
Number of community colleges 55 17.51 20.92
Number of universities 49 38.76 38.93