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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Merced, CA
#230
OVERALL RANKING

Merced, CA


SCORE: 62.91

#230
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 63.12
 
#218
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.86
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.95%
Population 65+:  26,021
Total Population:  261,632

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 193 79.60 81.58 -2.43 %
Health Care 242 40.31 50.15 -19.62 %
Wellness 53 73.25 68.45 7.01 %
Financial 264 72.02 81.09 -11.19 %
EducationEducation 262 49.87 71.18 -15.82 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
217 63.97 71.18 -10.13 %
Employment 180 46.05 51.56 -10.69 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
33 70.21 57.14 22.87 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
259 41.08 51.89 -20.83 %
(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 228 37.01 49.09
Crime Rate 168 37.01 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 82 82.33 80.67
Unemployment Rate 278 20.67 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 18 81.22 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 188 22.04 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 155 30.46 33.5
Number of hospital beds 271 10.11 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 154 21.62 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 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 263 4.23 13.35
Number of nurses 262 11.58 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 257 0.96 2.35
ER Wait Times 72 31.04 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 50 51.20 46.33
Smoking rate 13 28.61 13.69
Diabetes rate 53 50.20 41.83
Binge drinking 40 27.96 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 31 90.39 74.78
Caregivers 131 37.80 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 62 80.20 76.89
Depression 21 62.35 49.3
Physical activity 167 35.08 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 244 26.89 42.27
Fast-food outlets 7 48.85 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 272 5.38 17.69
Air quality 212 52.88 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 279 22.52 53.83
Total bank deposits 273 0.43 1.37
Tax burden 251 52.36 70.55
Dependency ratio 235 54.76 61.29
Small business growth 158 80.38 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 230 20.92 29.07
Capital gains 28 45.50 31.31
Income growth 13 67.96 60.52
Reverse mortgages 221 12.52 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 190 39.58 46.02
Median rental price 207 64.22 70.18
Households with older adults 215 33.81 39.04
Nursing beds 228 33.25 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 179 57.14 70.35
Home health-care service providers 266 2.91 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 113 13.15 14.8
Cost of assisted living 182 67.33 71.61
Nursing-home rating 16 50.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 20 90.21 82.84
Cost of adult day services 183 45.45 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 134 55.16 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 157 21.80 31.34
Employment growth 86 45.88 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 219 3.26 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 262 58.17 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 124 2.84 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 12 48.54 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 202 10.90 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 3 87.95 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 74 50.62 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 265 19.72 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 244 8.81 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 183 48.53 63.01
Number of public libraries 49 33.11 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 263 28.04 12.40
Funding for older adults 174 27.93 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 270 72.02 85.93
College enrollment 123 22.66 26.46