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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
#7
OVERALL RANKING

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA


SCORE: 77.33

#7
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 77.07
 
#7
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.22
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.61%
Population 65+:  102,803
Total Population:  885,471

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 43 88.39 87.83 0.64 %
Health Care 4 82.02 62.09 32.10 %
Wellness 62 69.12 72.07 -4.09 %
Financial Security 32 90.39 88.25 2.42 %
Education 29 64.41 61.67 4.44 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
49 44.56 46.42 -4.01 %
Employment 5 78.04 63.96 22.01 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
37 71.92 69.42 3.60 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
4 91.26 73.23 24.62 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Health and wellness

- Many orthopedic surgeons, rehab centers, geriatric facilities, and hospice services
- Affordable care with magnet and medical school-affiliated hospitals
- Short ER waits
- Working out: many fitness centers and recreation opportunities

A good value

- Affordable cost of living; ample jobs
- Low poverty among older people
- Low income-inequality, reverse-mortgage levels
- Zip to work: super-short commutes

Strong community

- Substantial funding for older-adult programs
- Numerous libraries; volunteer-oriented population

Needs Work


Infrastructure and convenience

- Limited transit, walkability options
- Few hospitals, dialysis centers

Wellness deficiencies

- High Alzheimer’s, binge drinking, smoking rates
- Low life expectancy; few adults age at home
- Poor air quality

Takeaway


Suggesting that he cares about livability as well as financial performance, investment titan Warren Buffett lives and headquarters his giant company in this Heartland metropolis. Affordability, quality health care, recreational amenities, and employment opportunities attract Omaha-Council Bluffs’ educated population. Areas to work on: transit and convenience.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 14 59.99 46.41
Crime rate 60 45.59 52.77
Internet access 57 81.70 83.51
Employment growth 66 84.58 86.82
Unemployment rate 2 98.75 64.06
Income distribution 4 93.02 86.33
Weather 89 52.07 65.13
Fatal car crashes 47 50.84 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 47 90.99 62.02
Primary-care physicians 21 67.59 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 12 62.72 45.49
Number of nurses 3 57.97 38.33
Number of hospital beds 18 44.84 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 10 66.64 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 7 79.91 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 19 23.86 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 2 96.15 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 6 46.73 31.70
Dialysis centers 51 36.79 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 79 35.56 48.95
Physical therapists 19 71.49 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 8 80.64 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 78 75.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 11 76.36 45.76
Magnet hospitals 11 30.00 14.40
ER wait times 15 53.91 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 56 67.05 70.79
Smoking rate 73 22.42 30.34
Diabetes rate 29 52.58 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 98 51.15 81.26
Caregivers 22 46.04 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 70 81.25 84.59
Depression 41 44.15 43.31
Physical activity 30 68.31 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 14 57.17 46.08
Fast-food outlets 37 62.83 61.73
Falls with injury 61 34.58 38.43
Binge drinking 97 29.19 40.64
Air quality 72 60.64 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 12 56.95 47.44
Total bank deposits 25 7.58 7.24
Tax burden 60 65.68 68.14
Dependency ratio 73 82.20 84.57
Growth of small businesses 31 88.10 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 13 73.31 58.57
Capital gains 54 39.60 49.15
Income growth 48 83.75 84.11
Reverse mortgages 19 27.12 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 34 50.46 44.17
Median rental price 34 75.42 69.47
Households with older adults 84 46.93 55.52
Nursing beds 24 78.05 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 32 72.15 64.62
Home health-care service providers 79 9.00 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 33 23.47 23.14
Cost of assisted living 55 79.76 80.63
Nursing-home rating 63 28.47 36.99
Older adults in family homes 80 80.62 84.60
Cost of adult day services 23 61.91 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 49 49.38 50.90
Commute times 3 96.02 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 50 32.18 38.41
Number of passenger trips 76 2.40 9.79
Public transport fare 27 14.29 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 30 72.56 67.65
Grocery stores 52 32.21 33.58
Special needs transportation 90 12.39 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 77 40.84 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 19 38.79 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 6 74.53 53.28
Number of public libraries 8 68.49 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 27 75.18 60.15
Funding for older adults 5 84.22 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 12 95.38 38.00
College enrollment 50 57.12 58.16
Number of community colleges 67 14.93 20.92
Number of universities 15 52.32 38.93