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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Ithaca, NY
#7
OVERALL RANKING
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Ithaca, NY


SCORE: 74.70

#6
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 75.77
 
#20
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.52
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.50%
Population 65+:  11,809
Total Population:  102,713

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 202 79.23 81.58 -2.88 %
Health Care 91 53.33 50.15 6.34 %
Wellness 35 74.82 68.45 9.31 %
Financial 40 87.35 81.09 7.72 %
EducationEducation 2 92.74 71.18 56.55 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
256 56.47 71.18 -20.67 %
Employment 7 86.97 51.56 68.68 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
1 100.00 57.14 75.01 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
145 50.27 51.89 -3.12 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Health and wellness

- Med school-affiliated hospitals
- Few smokers; many fitness centers
- Many 65-plus adults employed
- Educated population: high levels of college enrollment

Public transportation leadership

- Many pedestrian commuters; frequent use of public transit
- Walkable communities; short commutes

Needs Work


Strains on the wallet

- High income inequality
- Pricey living: houses, rent, assisted living, nursing homes
- High tax burden; costly transit fares for older people
- Low growth in industries geared to older adults
- Few banks; weak income growth

Takeaway


Besides its stately Cornell University, Ithaca offers bountiful outdoor exploration opportunities for an active population, with scenic waterfalls and gorges nearby. Having made modest improvements in health, wellness, finances, and community engagement, Ithaca climbed from its No. 17 spot in 2014. Possible deterrent: expensive long-term supports and services and high cost of living.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 214 39.11 49.09
Crime Rate 54 53.06 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 84 82.32 80.67
Unemployment Rate 51 58.60 46.80
Income Distribution 264 76.00 84.25
Weather 256 49.84 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 55 39.04 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 36 46.07 33.5
Number of hospital beds 210 18.81 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 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 126 24.17 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 1 100.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 39 18.75 13.35
Number of nurses 176 20.44 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 70 2.47 2.35
ER Wait Times 170 19.28 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 45 52.46 46.33
Smoking rate 8 36.30 13.69
Diabetes rate 35 54.10 41.83
Binge drinking 214 13.84 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 142 76.40 74.78
Caregivers 107 39.59 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 69 79.78 76.89
Depression 85 52.16 49.3
Physical activity 116 38.50 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 20 64.05 42.27
Fast-food outlets 154 33.52 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 68 22.76 17.69
Air quality 97 63.22 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 265 33.28 53.83
Total bank deposits 106 0.97 1.37
Tax burden 274 39.21 70.55
Dependency ratio 1 100.00 61.29
Small business growth 42 85.32 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 5 58.44 29.07
Capital gains 5 63.51 31.31
Income growth 166 59.09 60.52
Reverse mortgages 67 37.34 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 205 37.40 46.02
Median rental price 247 55.38 70.18
Households with older adults 243 31.37 39.04
Nursing beds 144 47.57 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 272 38.78 70.35
Home health-care service providers 120 12.39 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 101 14.27 14.8
Cost of assisted living 247 61.59 71.61
Nursing-home rating 139 20.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 216 79.77 82.84
Cost of adult day services 246 41.18 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 13 80.73 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 100 45.52 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 46 14.25 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 31 83.61 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 7 29.09 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 127 38.12 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 1 100.00 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 33 60.60 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 8 82.72 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 238 23.09 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 37 27.19 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 267 38.35 63.01
Number of public libraries 85 27.53 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 131 62.67 12.40
Funding for older adults 41 31.58 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 32 93.78 85.93
College enrollment 2 91.23 26.46