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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
#88
OVERALL RANKING

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ


SCORE: 68.76

#88
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 69.12
 
#88
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.92
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.25%
Population 65+:  573,435
Total Population:  4,327,632

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 33 89.33 87.83 1.71 %
Health Care 89 50.64 62.09 -18.44 %
Wellness 40 73.01 72.07 1.30 %
Financial Security 73 85.56 88.25 -3.05 %
Education 14 68.59 61.67 11.22 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
72 39.91 46.42 -14.02 %
Employment 67 59.59 63.96 -6.83 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
53 69.77 69.42 0.50 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
99 54.83 73.23 -25.13 %
(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 74 37.46 46.41
Crime rate 75 42.78 52.77
Internet access 17 92.59 83.51
Employment growth 28 89.37 86.82
Unemployment rate 53 60.81 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 21 77.72 65.13
Fatal car crashes 55 45.37 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 26 92.57 62.02
Primary-care physicians 84 47.18 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 51 45.01 45.49
Number of nurses 77 31.09 38.33
Number of hospital beds 83 28.55 37.22
Long-term hospitals 70 5.36 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 91 13.84 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 99 13.31 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 48 8.67 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 79 10.49 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 85 22.69 31.70
Dialysis centers 58 34.80 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 1 100.00 48.95
Physical therapists 83 37.87 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 70 55.17 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 82 73.58 83.71
Medical school affiliation 80 24.01 45.76
Magnet hospitals 34 15.85 14.40
ER wait times 41 41.10 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 25 75.97 70.79
Smoking rate 27 31.47 30.34
Diabetes rate 35 50.98 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 25 88.27 81.26
Caregivers 78 31.54 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 13 90.64 84.59
Depression 10 51.34 43.31
Physical activity 23 73.87 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 88 32.82 46.08
Fast-food outlets 20 67.63 61.73
Falls with injury 78 32.18 38.43
Binge drinking 36 42.62 40.64
Air quality 60 63.11 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 54 47.22 47.44
Total bank deposits 73 4.18 7.24
Tax burden 14 83.72 68.14
Dependency ratio 82 78.76 84.57
Growth of small businesses 39 87.12 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 60 55.55 58.57
Capital gains 55 39.52 49.15
Income growth 52 83.40 84.11
Reverse mortgages 96 0.77 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 65 38.70 44.17
Median rental price 69 64.60 69.47
Households with older adults 39 55.92 55.52
Nursing beds 99 28.23 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 27 72.92 64.62
Home health-care service providers 76 9.25 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 16 31.18 23.14
Cost of assisted living 40 84.26 80.63
Nursing-home rating 10 63.41 36.99
Older adults in family homes 22 88.57 84.60
Cost of adult day services 82 43.75 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 60 44.58 50.90
Commute times 62 75.98 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 73 24.42 38.41
Number of passenger trips 36 7.71 9.79
Public transport fare 24 15.38 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 43 69.93 67.65
Grocery stores 88 21.56 33.58
Special needs transportation 42 29.38 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 40 47.50 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 87 19.85 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 78 44.05 53.28
Number of public libraries 96 19.74 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 94 31.18 60.15
Funding for older adults 99 69.15 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 18 93.98 38.00
College enrollment 62 54.05 58.16
Number of community colleges 64 16.07 20.92
Number of universities 2 73.90 38.93