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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Manhattan, KS
#2
OVERALL RANKING
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Manhattan, KS


SCORE: 79.47

#3
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 79.33
 
#3
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 78.83
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.21%
Population 65+:  8,980
Total Population:  97,520

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 25 88.46 81.58 8.43 %
Health Care 8 74.08 50.15 47.72 %
Wellness 36 74.77 68.45 9.23 %
Financial 16 91.62 81.09 12.99 %
EducationEducation 4 87.30 71.18 47.37 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
115 73.81 71.18 3.69 %
Employment 55 60.12 51.56 16.60 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
23 73.48 57.14 28.60 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
11 76.36 51.89 47.16 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Medical services

- Tops in older-adult health care: many rehab centers, Alzheimer’s units, geriatric facilities
- High enrollment among Medicare-eligible adults
- Affordable hospital care

Economic picture

- Few older adults in poverty; high older-adult employment
- Strong small-business growth

Convenience and engagement

- Many pedestrian commuters and short drives to work
- Nearby amenities: many grocery stores and diagnostic centers
- Abundance of religious and civic organizations and libraries
- Helping others: high rates of volunteerism

Needs Work


Population health

- Not enough magnet and Joint Commission-accredited hospitals
- High rates of Alzheimer’s, depression, and binge drinking
- Get moving: too few fitness centers
- Gasp!: poor air quality
- Few adults aging at home

Takeaway


In its first “Best Cities” appearance, Manhattan—Kansas-style—has done exceedingly well. While providing many of the supports and services of a larger city, this Sunflower State metro is more affordable and has a college-town feel. Access to specialty medical care and job opportunities at Kansas State University and Fort Riley, home of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, make this an inviting place to call home.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 181 44.54 49.09
Crime Rate 13 70.02 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 92 82.02 80.67
Unemployment Rate 15 71.87 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 181 55.51 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 69 36.35 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 39 45.07 33.5
Number of hospital beds 64 38.43 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 277 0.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 1 100.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 1 100.00 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 1 100.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 128 25.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 64 15.63 13.35
Number of nurses 143 22.56 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 40 2.94 2.35
ER Wait Times 56 33.38 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 37 53.52 46.33
Smoking rate 75 14.64 13.69
Diabetes rate 10 62.29 41.83
Binge drinking 252 11.80 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 255 56.60 74.78
Caregivers 18 65.11 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 83 78.90 76.89
Depression 109 50.60 49.3
Physical activity 41 47.89 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 180 36.69 42.27
Fast-food outlets 47 40.52 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 92 19.56 17.69
Air quality 127 60.29 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 99 58.32 53.83
Total bank deposits 29 1.38 1.37
Tax burden 176 66.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 6 89.05 61.29
Small business growth 14 89.27 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 9 52.82 29.07
Capital gains 113 28.97 31.31
Income growth 181 58.67 60.52
Reverse mortgages 42 43.67 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 170 41.24 46.02
Median rental price 216 62.68 70.18
Households with older adults 277 24.03 39.04
Nursing beds 2 93.06 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 39 84.85 70.35
Home health-care service providers 133 11.61 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 61 20.39 14.8
Cost of assisted living 254 60.29 71.61
Nursing-home rating 102 25.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 254 77.37 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 5 93.46 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 228 14.29 31.34
Employment growth 236 40.81 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 93 8.66 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 17 87.93 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 128 2.76 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 205 31.99 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 7 48.06 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 20 67.39 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 111 46.91 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 274 17.36 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 95 18.90 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 12 79.47 63.01
Number of public libraries 3 76.45 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 2 98.73 12.40
Funding for older adults 51 31.26 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 4 98.45 85.93
College enrollment 8 73.47 26.46