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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Logan, UT-ID
#9
OVERALL RANKING

Logan, UT-ID


SCORE: 74.59

#7
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 75.60
 
#15
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.22
 
Percent of Population 65+:  8.66%
Population 65+:  11,135
Total Population:  128,534

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 37 87.42 81.58 7.16 %
Health Care 236 40.92 50.15 -18.40 %
Wellness 2 90.48 68.45 32.18 %
Financial 88 83.83 81.09 3.38 %
EducationEducation 16 75.94 71.18 28.19 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
92 76.09 71.18 6.90 %
Employment 16 74.00 51.56 43.52 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
36 69.97 57.14 22.45 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
29 63.06 51.89 21.53 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Livable, supportive communities

- Low crime rates
- Short commutes
- Many libraries, recreation opportunities, older volunteers

Stable economy and strong employee base

- Low 65-plus unemployment rate
- Low income inequality levels
- Educated older adult population

Healthy lifestyles

- Top-five ranking in low obesity and diabetes rates
- Curtailing vice: little binge drinking or smoking
- A physically active culture
- Many adults aging at home

Needs Work


Hospital headaches

- No long-term hospitals
- No specialized hospital facilities for older adults
- Expensive inpatient stays

Takeaway


Nestled on the slopes of the Bear River Mountains, the Logan metro has moved up the “Best Cities” rankings, thanks in part to clean living and a healthy population. This comparatively safe, community-minded city with a stable economy ranks in the top three for wellness, despite a health-care system that leaves something to be desired.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 249 33.03 49.09
Crime Rate 7 80.22 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 39 84.65 80.67
Unemployment Rate 8 79.93 46.80
Income Distribution 8 92.68 84.25
Weather 225 52.35 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 192 21.76 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 129 32.78 33.5
Number of hospital beds 188 21.67 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 191 66.67 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 121 25.00 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 36 19.57 13.35
Number of nurses 165 21.29 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 142 1.84 2.35
ER Wait Times 6 48.95 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 5 68.56 46.33
Smoking rate 4 59.79 13.69
Diabetes rate 3 81.61 41.83
Binge drinking 15 38.71 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 22 92.27 74.78
Caregivers 45 49.27 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 43 82.07 76.89
Depression 52 55.60 49.3
Physical activity 11 60.10 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 171 37.46 42.27
Fast-food outlets 168 32.74 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 189 10.89 17.69
Air quality 43 73.14 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 111 57.27 53.83
Total bank deposits 241 0.62 1.37
Tax burden 98 77.63 70.55
Dependency ratio 230 55.08 61.29
Small business growth 70 83.50 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 41 36.53 29.07
Capital gains 98 32.93 31.31
Income growth 60 62.34 60.52
Reverse mortgages 153 23.73 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 191 39.57 46.02
Median rental price 43 82.12 70.18
Households with older adults 268 27.34 39.04
Nursing beds 208 37.88 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 58 77.70 70.35
Home health-care service providers 17 31.17 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 66 19.66 14.8
Cost of assisted living 39 83.51 71.61
Nursing-home rating 102 25.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 8 93.50 82.84
Cost of adult day services 265 38.19 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 92 59.97 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 110 45.18 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 236 2.69 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 26 84.53 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 18 13.69 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 91 41.56 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 33 32.01 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 59 53.67 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 99 48.15 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 275 17.18 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 22 36.43 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 2 95.94 63.01
Number of public libraries 14 47.88 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 279 13.06 12.40
Funding for older adults 192 27.50 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 6 97.41 85.93
College enrollment 26 49.51 26.46