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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Idaho Falls, ID
#96
OVERALL RANKING

Idaho Falls, ID


SCORE: 67.76

#79
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.46
 
#128
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.02
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.33%
Population 65+:  15,448
Total Population:  136,301

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 38 87.17 81.58 6.85 %
Health Care 248 39.23 50.15 -21.77 %
Wellness 48 73.54 68.45 7.44 %
Financial 60 85.59 81.09 5.55 %
EducationEducation 112 59.13 71.18 -.19 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
130 71.84 71.18 0.93 %
Employment 34 64.66 51.56 25.41 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
173 53.64 57.14 -6.13 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
110 52.43 51.89 1.04 %
(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 80 56.86 49.09
Crime Rate 32 62.36 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 98 81.88 80.67
Unemployment Rate 19 68.51 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 242 51.01 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 100 31.68 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 237 22.53 33.5
Number of hospital beds 123 29.34 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 262 33.33 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 181 18.47 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 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 45 17.29 13.35
Number of nurses 128 23.55 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 106 2.17 2.35
ER Wait Times 4 50.84 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 55 50.86 46.33
Smoking rate 20 23.10 13.69
Diabetes rate 36 53.89 41.83
Binge drinking 22 34.70 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 185 72.44 74.78
Caregivers 38 51.97 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 109 77.65 76.89
Depression 108 50.67 49.3
Physical activity 68 43.60 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 278 9.71 42.27
Fast-food outlets 73 38.04 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 196 10.36 17.69
Air quality 62 69.25 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 33 69.06 53.83
Total bank deposits 223 0.67 1.37
Tax burden 45 82.64 70.55
Dependency ratio 265 48.57 61.29
Small business growth 79 82.94 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 153 26.85 29.07
Capital gains 99 32.53 31.31
Income growth 130 59.87 60.52
Reverse mortgages 100 32.63 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 70 55.12 46.02
Median rental price 75 77.61 70.18
Households with older adults 212 34.10 39.04
Nursing beds 241 28.65 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 148 61.40 70.35
Home health-care service providers 31 25.03 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 48 23.53 14.8
Cost of assisted living 79 77.93 71.61
Nursing-home rating 139 20.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 19 90.49 82.84
Cost of adult day services 276 30.17 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 172 51.63 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 25 70.76 31.34
Employment growth 36 48.41 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 62 11.39 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 72 77.66 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 279 0.20 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 40 44.77 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 148 14.89 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 257 27.92 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 82 49.38 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 244 22.75 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 104 17.91 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 21 72.77 63.01
Number of public libraries 27 42.30 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 276 19.26 12.40
Funding for older adults 73 29.78 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 12 95.96 85.93
College enrollment 255 13.97 26.46