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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Joplin, MO
#176
OVERALL RANKING

Joplin, MO


SCORE: 64.90

#174
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.05
 
#164
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 65.88
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.61%
Population 65+:  25,487
Total Population:  174,491

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 192 79.60 81.58 -2.43 %
Health Care 167 46.24 50.15 -7.80 %
Wellness 265 61.18 68.45 -10.62 %
Financial 158 80.22 81.09 -1.07 %
EducationEducation 140 57.75 71.18 -2.52 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
23 85.61 71.18 20.27 %
Employment 154 47.89 51.56 -7.12 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
223 49.92 57.14 -12.64 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
100 52.75 51.89 1.66 %
(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 41 62.23 49.09
Crime Rate 259 26.07 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 205 77.97 80.67
Unemployment Rate 65 55.69 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 136 60.75 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 258 15.45 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 182 27.81 33.5
Number of hospital beds 99 31.27 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 256 40.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 64 34.57 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 70 34.57 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 97 22.02 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 250 5.48 13.35
Number of nurses 52 30.94 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 90 2.27 2.35
ER Wait Times 142 22.33 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 217 41.15 46.33
Smoking rate 260 6.95 13.69
Diabetes rate 134 40.96 41.83
Binge drinking 75 22.33 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 211 68.99 74.78
Caregivers 94 40.52 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 269 69.82 76.89
Depression 269 38.93 49.3
Physical activity 237 30.78 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 249 25.39 42.27
Fast-food outlets 146 33.92 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 191 10.83 17.69
Air quality 176 55.75 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 29 70.47 53.83
Total bank deposits 176 0.80 1.37
Tax burden 110 76.35 70.55
Dependency ratio 213 56.50 61.29
Small business growth 278 71.53 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 235 20.65 29.07
Capital gains 163 25.26 31.31
Income growth 210 57.90 60.52
Reverse mortgages 78 35.22 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 24 64.98 46.02
Median rental price 74 77.72 70.18
Households with older adults 148 37.99 39.04
Nursing beds 76 60.56 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 22 91.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 60 19.21 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 134 11.81 14.8
Cost of assisted living 1 100.00 71.61
Nursing-home rating 102 25.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 140 82.43 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 96 59.39 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 120 25.93 31.34
Employment growth 217 41.90 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 229 2.94 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 47 80.95 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 266 0.44 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 37 45.15 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 203 10.82 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 272 22.49 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 141 43.21 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 151 28.44 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 103 18.27 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 81 58.60 63.01
Number of public libraries 224 13.42 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 57 75.68 12.40
Funding for older adults 85 29.49 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 100 89.12 85.93
College enrollment 176 19.25 26.46