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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Kansas City, MO-KS
#26
OVERALL RANKING

Kansas City, MO-KS


SCORE: 73.58

#27
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.40
 
#25
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.90
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.61%
Population 65+:  257,126
Total Population:  2,038,690

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 64 85.78 87.83 -2.33 %
Health Care 12 72.12 62.09 16.15 %
Wellness 66 68.42 72.07 -5.06 %
Financial Security 43 89.30 88.25 1.19 %
Education 38 62.63 61.67 1.56 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
77 39.30 46.42 -15.34 %
Employment 22 68.22 63.96 6.66 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
26 75.28 69.42 8.44 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
24 79.48 73.23 8.53 %
(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 25 54.52 46.41
Crime rate 61 45.51 52.77
Internet access 44 85.07 83.51
Employment growth 57 85.25 86.82
Unemployment rate 32 67.31 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 68 55.71 65.13
Fatal car crashes 39 53.46 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 52 90.55 62.02
Primary-care physicians 43 59.09 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 47 46.66 45.49
Number of nurses 31 43.86 38.33
Number of hospital beds 25 42.93 37.22
Long-term hospitals 40 23.81 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 9 69.16 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 6 86.00 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 44 9.63 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 26 46.56 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 44 33.14 31.70
Dialysis centers 28 47.89 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 48 49.86 48.95
Physical therapists 60 50.98 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 21 71.15 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 35 90.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 59 40.73 45.76
Magnet hospitals 53 9.60 14.40
ER wait times 32 47.47 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 60 66.03 70.79
Smoking rate 85 21.20 30.34
Diabetes rate 53 46.62 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 90 64.89 81.26
Caregivers 24 45.95 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 64 82.71 84.59
Depression 59 41.50 43.31
Physical activity 50 62.16 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 48 47.17 46.08
Fast-food outlets 25 66.14 61.73
Falls with injury 25 40.96 38.43
Binge drinking 55 38.36 40.64
Air quality 66 61.91 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 7 59.05 47.44
Total bank deposits 44 5.52 7.24
Tax burden 50 71.91 68.14
Dependency ratio 74 81.94 84.57
Growth of small businesses 25 88.91 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 31 63.95 58.57
Capital gains 62 37.20 49.15
Income growth 71 81.41 84.11
Reverse mortgages 23 24.02 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 38 48.43 44.17
Median rental price 40 73.65 69.47
Households with older adults 75 50.00 55.52
Nursing beds 6 93.68 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 12 88.62 64.62
Home health-care service providers 42 14.31 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 45 20.29 23.14
Cost of assisted living 29 89.61 80.63
Nursing-home rating 81 20.67 36.99
Older adults in family homes 70 81.72 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 77 38.17 50.90
Commute times 27 84.28 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 89 20.68 38.41
Number of passenger trips 60 4.07 9.79
Public transport fare 45 11.76 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 57 66.65 67.65
Grocery stores 71 28.27 33.58
Special needs transportation 19 39.76 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 57 44.51 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 58 27.18 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 12 66.57 53.28
Number of public libraries 33 49.40 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 30 74.08 60.15
Funding for older adults 24 79.47 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 15 94.41 38.00
College enrollment 90 46.75 58.16
Number of community colleges 82 10.87 20.92
Number of universities 7 64.99 38.93