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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN
#32
OVERALL RANKING

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN


SCORE: 71.47

#28
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.06
 
#56
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.25
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.82%
Population 65+:  22,379
Total Population:  206,761

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 106 82.43 81.58 1.04 %
Health Care 187 44.55 50.15 -11.17 %
Wellness 109 69.13 68.45 0.99 %
Financial 7 95.39 81.09 17.63 %
EducationEducation 15 78.04 71.18 31.74 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
112 74.05 71.18 4.03 %
Employment 68 57.31 51.56 11.15 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
34 70.19 57.14 22.84 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
49 57.24 51.89 10.31 %
(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 146 48.49 49.09
Crime Rate 108 44.72 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 41 84.41 80.67
Unemployment Rate 63 55.95 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 198 54.01 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 32 45.21 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 97 36.03 33.5
Number of hospital beds 121 29.48 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 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 236 12.69 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 73 40.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 207 7.94 13.35
Number of nurses 150 22.25 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 58 2.63 2.35
ER Wait Times 9 47.14 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 51 51.19 46.33
Smoking rate 48 17.47 13.69
Diabetes rate 37 53.77 41.83
Binge drinking 185 14.96 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 186 72.41 74.78
Caregivers 46 49.10 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 133 76.60 76.89
Depression 279 36.63 49.3
Physical activity 141 37.14 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 93 48.46 42.27
Fast-food outlets 177 32.44 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 200 10.11 17.69
Air quality 251 49.86 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 186 48.69 53.83
Total bank deposits 197 0.75 1.37
Tax burden 101 76.49 70.55
Dependency ratio 22 76.48 61.29
Small business growth 49 84.76 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 14 48.50 29.07
Capital gains 266 18.55 31.31
Income growth 85 61.33 60.52
Reverse mortgages 6 69.57 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 107 50.94 46.02
Median rental price 158 68.88 70.18
Households with older adults 263 28.63 39.04
Nursing beds 28 77.21 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 130 65.12 70.35
Home health-care service providers 237 5.74 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 185 8.76 14.8
Cost of assisted living 170 68.37 71.61
Nursing-home rating 6 61.54 22.29
Older adults in family homes 168 81.44 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 74 61.64 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 38 50.98 31.34
Employment growth 178 42.99 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 263 2.04 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 47 80.95 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 11 18.73 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 95 39.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 13 44.70 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 118 45.19 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 96 49.31 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 258 21.20 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 52 24.83 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 124 54.28 63.01
Number of public libraries 41 36.44 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 68 74.78 12.40
Funding for older adults 103 28.90 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 120 87.98 85.93
College enrollment 11 65.69 26.46