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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Las Cruces, NM
#227
OVERALL RANKING

Las Cruces, NM


SCORE: 63.04

#219
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 63.50
 
#231
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.20
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.02%
Population 65+:  27,862
Total Population:  213,952

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 142 81.24 81.58 -.42 %
Health Care 232 41.29 50.15 -17.67 %
Wellness 83 70.58 68.45 3.11 %
Financial 213 76.53 81.09 -5.62 %
EducationEducation 116 58.76 71.18 -.81 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
157 69.73 71.18 -2.04 %
Employment 81 55.44 51.56 7.53 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
243 47.40 57.14 -17.05 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
266 39.61 51.89 -23.67 %
(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 167 45.81 49.09
Crime Rate 180 35.86 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 222 77.39 80.67
Unemployment Rate 256 32.15 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 35 77.31 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 85 33.59 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 160 29.99 33.5
Number of hospital beds 127 28.66 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 254 10.36 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 204 8.08 13.35
Number of nurses 237 15.17 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 113 2.13 2.35
ER Wait Times 124 23.57 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 14 60.34 46.33
Smoking rate 73 14.71 13.69
Diabetes rate 15 58.69 41.83
Binge drinking 226 13.12 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 227 62.95 74.78
Caregivers 43 49.35 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 27 83.55 76.89
Depression 69 53.31 49.3
Physical activity 53 45.31 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 242 27.16 42.27
Fast-food outlets 49 40.24 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 225 8.91 17.69
Air quality 281 37.67 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 218 42.85 53.83
Total bank deposits 268 0.47 1.37
Tax burden 30 87.29 70.55
Dependency ratio 210 56.58 61.29
Small business growth 255 75.59 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 266 16.30 29.07
Capital gains 175 24.66 31.31
Income growth 178 58.72 60.52
Reverse mortgages 212 14.01 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 71 55.10 46.02
Median rental price 96 75.38 70.18
Households with older adults 156 37.70 39.04
Nursing beds 263 20.58 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 103 68.29 70.35
Home health-care service providers 16 31.53 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 191 8.65 14.8
Cost of assisted living 116 72.14 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 11 92.71 82.84
Cost of adult day services 270 35.35 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 121 56.22 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 65 37.69 31.34
Employment growth 116 44.99 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 45 14.28 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 104 73.56 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 159 2.27 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 198 32.92 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 194 11.76 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 259 27.45 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 178 39.51 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 182 26.63 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 167 14.24 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 158 51.73 63.01
Number of public libraries 277 5.93 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 242 35.68 12.40
Funding for older adults 249 27.06 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 268 72.12 85.93
College enrollment 35 42.27 26.46