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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
#14
OVERALL RANKING

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI


SCORE: 75.07

#16
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.95
 
#14
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 74.16
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.52%
Population 65+:  394,297
Total Population:  3,422,417

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 23 91.10 87.83 3.72 %
Health Care 22 68.78 62.09 10.77 %
Wellness 28 75.40 72.07 4.62 %
Financial Security 72 85.74 88.25 -2.84 %
Education 53 61.13 61.67 -.88 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
31 50.90 46.42 9.65 %
Employment 33 66.71 63.96 4.30 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
58 68.38 69.42 -1.50 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
9 85.35 73.23 16.55 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Overall livability

- Low rates of crime, vehicle crashes - Transit-friendly environment with good special-needs support
- Low older-adult poverty levels; good income distribution

Busy older population

- Educated populace; low unemployment - Helping others: many older-adult volunteers - Recreational, arts, religious, and civic organizations aplenty

Health management

- Many primary-care physicians: low chronic disease rates, high life expectancy
- Well-used fitness centers, many outdoor recreation options
- Independent living: many home health providers

Needs Work


Access to care

- Not enough hospital beds, diagnostic centers, magnet hospitals
- High Alzheimer’s rates; few treatment facilities

Takeaway


The home of radio’s Prairie Home Companion is moving up in our rankings thanks to an expanding health-care system and stronger economy supporting its older population. With a philanthropic culture, active lifestyle, and educated population, this metro enjoys a sense of close community.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 43 48.97 46.41
Crime rate 31 57.74 52.77
Internet access 37 86.70 83.51
Employment growth 44 87.04 86.82
Unemployment rate 5 93.47 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 100 46.61 65.13
Fatal car crashes 4 92.53 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 21 93.00 62.02
Primary-care physicians 10 73.55 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 23 57.20 45.49
Number of nurses 21 46.09 38.33
Number of hospital beds 82 28.99 37.22
Long-term hospitals 42 23.06 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 52 34.73 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 25 53.79 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 56 6.22 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 12 65.14 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 36 34.51 31.70
Dialysis centers 39 41.98 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 87 32.42 48.95
Physical therapists 28 66.93 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 39 64.24 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 60 83.72 83.71
Medical school affiliation 27 62.16 45.76
Magnet hospitals 77 2.79 14.40
ER wait times 16 52.60 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 24 76.03 70.79
Smoking rate 45 26.99 30.34
Diabetes rate 8 63.36 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 87 68.85 81.26
Caregivers 44 39.11 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 23 87.34 84.59
Depression 52 42.51 43.31
Physical activity 15 80.33 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 12 58.20 46.08
Fast-food outlets 27 66.09 61.73
Falls with injury 48 37.02 38.43
Binge drinking 94 29.66 40.64
Air quality 79 57.97 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 39 49.87 47.44
Total bank deposits 10 11.49 7.24
Tax burden 76 53.06 68.14
Dependency ratio 30 88.66 84.57
Growth of small businesses 46 86.12 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 10 74.76 58.57
Capital gains 50 40.29 49.15
Income growth 24 85.77 84.11
Reverse mortgages 46 12.55 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 68 38.21 44.17
Median rental price 61 66.74 69.47
Households with older adults 88 46.05 55.52
Nursing beds 43 60.32 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 54 60.45 64.62
Home health-care service providers 6 34.59 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 13 34.39 23.14
Cost of assisted living 43 82.60 80.63
Nursing-home rating 51 34.00 36.99
Older adults in family homes 78 80.77 84.60
Cost of adult day services 77 45.15 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 33 58.11 50.90
Commute times 61 76.28 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 37 40.67 38.41
Number of passenger trips 18 14.52 9.79
Public transport fare 45 11.76 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 54 67.18 67.65
Grocery stores 46 33.14 33.58
Special needs transportation 11 53.18 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 75 41.08 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 7 43.79 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 4 82.21 53.28
Number of public libraries 36 48.99 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 32 71.55 60.15
Funding for older adults 48 74.78 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 9 96.45 38.00
College enrollment 59 54.23 58.16
Number of community colleges 89 9.02 20.92
Number of universities 21 49.21 38.93