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Best Cities for Successful Aging | New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
#11
OVERALL RANKING
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New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA


SCORE: 75.91

#11
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.16
 
#11
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 75.33
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.58%
Population 65+:  2,694,942
Total Population:  19,837,753

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 49 87.96 87.83 0.15 %
Health Care 56 61.87 62.09 -.35 %
Wellness 35 74.10 72.07 2.82 %
Financial Security 64 86.68 88.25 -1.78 %
Education 79 56.08 61.67 -9.06 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
1 100.00 46.42 115.42 %
Employment 6 76.99 63.96 20.37 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
94 56.80 69.42 -18.18 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
67 70.54 73.23 -3.67 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Quality health care and results

- Strong Medicare signups: 90 percent of those eligible
- Long life expectancy; low obesity rates
- Med-school affiliation for over half of hospitals; 90 percent Joint Commission-accredited
- Many home health-care providers; highly rated nursing homes

Convenience and support

- Walkable neighborhoods; comparatively low crime; few car crashes relative to population
- Many fitness, recreational facilities
- Good funding for older-adult programs

Needs Work


Services and opportunity

- Stuck in traffic: longest average commute time among large metros
- Long ER waits; few continuing-care facilities and caregivers
- High poverty and unemployment in older generation
- Pricey living; wide income gap

Weak sense of community

- Lack of a culture of giving and volunteerism among adults
- Sparse religious and civic organizations

Takeaway


It’s hard to match the cultural dynamism of New York City, or its unbeatable transit, access to health care, and convenience. A web of award-winning age-friendly initiatives—from arts and education to pedestrian safety—bolsters support for older individuals. But life here comes with a big price tag. And more libraries and social organizations would foster a stronger sense of community.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 94 23.34 46.41
Crime rate 4 82.39 52.77
Internet access 58 81.67 83.51
Employment growth 50 86.15 86.82
Unemployment rate 59 60.11 64.06
Income distribution 97 78.43 86.33
Weather 61 57.78 65.13
Fatal car crashes 5 92.38 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 13 93.87 62.02
Primary-care physicians 29 62.69 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 56 43.63 45.49
Number of nurses 63 34.07 38.33
Number of hospital beds 43 38.42 37.22
Long-term hospitals 45 21.75 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 55 33.25 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 80 27.39 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 31 14.82 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 46 29.10 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 46 32.95 31.70
Dialysis centers 84 23.08 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 26 57.90 48.95
Physical therapists 29 66.84 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 66 56.48 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 31 90.71 83.71
Medical school affiliation 17 70.24 45.76
Magnet hospitals 24 21.64 14.40
ER wait times 86 26.29 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 16 80.52 70.79
Smoking rate 18 37.04 30.34
Diabetes rate 45 48.60 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 34 85.33 81.26
Caregivers 67 33.35 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 14 90.45 84.59
Depression 19 47.89 43.31
Physical activity 75 57.93 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 10 58.97 46.08
Fast-food outlets 94 51.63 61.73
Falls with injury 85 31.43 38.43
Binge drinking 43 40.67 40.64
Air quality 45 67.09 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 31 51.32 47.44
Total bank deposits 3 17.42 7.24
Tax burden 93 39.37 68.14
Dependency ratio 23 89.91 84.57
Growth of small businesses 32 88.01 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 91 40.22 58.57
Capital gains 6 80.29 49.15
Income growth 53 83.19 84.11
Reverse mortgages 90 1.71 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 94 15.79 44.17
Median rental price 92 48.87 69.47
Households with older adults 24 59.43 55.52
Nursing beds 33 70.31 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 90 40.31 64.62
Home health-care service providers 2 39.09 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 99 7.58 23.14
Cost of assisted living 93 62.16 80.63
Nursing-home rating 14 55.58 36.99
Older adults in family homes 62 82.68 84.60
Cost of adult day services 91 41.21 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 1 100.00 50.90
Commute times 100 53.91 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 1 100.00 38.41
Number of passenger trips 1 100.00 9.79
Public transport fare 98 5.32 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 21 76.81 67.65
Grocery stores 1 100.00 33.58
Special needs transportation 12 51.68 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 45 47.06 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 8 43.06 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 93 40.26 53.28
Number of public libraries 53 41.35 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 79 41.21 60.15
Funding for older adults 15 81.75 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 91 83.12 38.00
College enrollment 52 56.81 58.16
Number of community colleges 70 14.35 20.92
Number of universities 62 34.61 38.93