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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Midland, TX
#15
OVERALL RANKING

Midland, TX


SCORE: 73.39

#14
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.67
 
#13
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.42
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.62%
Population 65+:  16,126
Total Population:  151,809

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 1 100.00 81.58 22.58 %
Health Care 101 52.41 50.15 4.51 %
Wellness 79 70.94 68.45 3.64 %
Financial 3 99.84 81.09 23.12 %
EducationEducation 219 53.76 71.18 -9.25 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
122 73.32 71.18 3.01 %
Employment 33 65.54 51.56 27.11 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
150 54.66 57.14 -4.34 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
160 49.35 51.89 -4.89 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Financial practicality

- Enviable income growth and cost of living
- Many banks and high rates of deposits
- Thriving small businesses

Engaged population

- Tops for older-adult employment
- Many religious and civic organizations
- Good access to cultural amenities

Needs Work


Weak health services

- Poor-quality nursing homes
- Not enough primary-care physicians
- Insufficient continuing-care facilities
- Couch potatoes: low rates of physical activity

Infrastructure and amenities

- Few pedestrian commuters; poor public transit infrastructure
- Not enough libraries; low philanthropy rates
- Few grocery stores
- High levels of reverse mortgages

Takeaway


Midland has slipped a bit since “Best Cities” 2014, but despite the shifts in the Permian Basin’s oil industry, it still enjoys the most vigorous employment growth among small metros, and its living costs are among the lowest. However, a middling health-care system, poor transportation services, and expensive living may give some older people pause.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 5 83.52 49.09
Crime Rate 133 41.22 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 1 100.00 80.67
Unemployment Rate 20 68.12 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 51 74.09 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 280 8.60 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 229 23.36 33.5
Number of hospital beds 117 29.80 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 26 52.67 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 18 52.67 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 115 12.55 13.35
Number of nurses 102 25.70 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 206 1.35 2.35
ER Wait Times 138 22.73 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 112 46.68 46.33
Smoking rate 86 13.86 13.69
Diabetes rate 50 50.39 41.83
Binge drinking 255 11.71 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 48 87.91 74.78
Caregivers 67 44.88 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 117 77.44 76.89
Depression 129 49.04 49.3
Physical activity 179 34.49 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 187 36.01 42.27
Fast-food outlets 178 32.40 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 252 7.38 17.69
Air quality 51 71.55 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 1 100.00 53.83
Total bank deposits 6 2.24 1.37
Tax burden 54 82.09 70.55
Dependency ratio 84 62.96 61.29
Small business growth 7 92.13 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 31 38.54 29.07
Capital gains 61 38.96 31.31
Income growth 1 100.00 60.52
Reverse mortgages 200 15.89 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 233 32.95 46.02
Median rental price 270 45.54 70.18
Households with older adults 252 30.22 39.04
Nursing beds 107 54.39 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 1 100.00 70.35
Home health-care service providers 24 27.00 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 146 11.09 14.8
Cost of assisted living 129 71.23 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 74 85.26 82.84
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 1 100.00 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 182 18.70 31.34
Employment growth 167 43.35 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 76 9.74 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 79 76.88 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 151 2.37 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 67 42.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 274 5.70 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 187 37.02 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+ 269 19.26 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 42 26.70 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 222 44.47 63.01
Number of public libraries 260 10.24 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 30 82.30 12.40
Funding for older adults 197 27.49 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 170 85.49 85.93
College enrollment 246 14.84 26.46