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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Provo-Orem, UT
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Provo-Orem, UT


SCORE: 83.92

#1
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 84.09
 
#1
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.86
 
Percent of Population 65+:  6.88%
Population 65+:  37,857
Total Population:  550,230

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 1 100.00 87.83 13.86 %
Health Care 26 68.05 62.09 9.60 %
Wellness 1 100.00 72.07 38.75 %
Financial Security 9 93.47 88.25 5.92 %
Education 3 78.71 61.67 27.63 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
11 57.90 46.42 24.73 %
Employment 16 71.23 63.96 11.37 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
18 76.71 69.42 10.50 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
20 79.82 73.23 9.00 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Healthy living

- Active population fighting off disease: low rates of diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s'
- Binge drinking a rarity; few smokers
- Population 65-plus living mostly at home; many caregivers

Curious minds

- Learning options: enviable college enrollment rates
- More than 90 percent of older people hold high school degrees
- Service-oriented: high levels of volunteerism among older adults

- Tech-savvy: Internet used by eight in 10 older individuals

Vibrant economy

- Working life: high employment growth, low unemployment
- Hang out a shingle: expanding small-business sector
- Low poverty among older adults
- Sharing the wealth: one of the smallest income inequality gaps

Safe, supportive neighborhoods

- Low crime and car-crash rates
- Public transportation improving: strong special-needs options

Needs Work


Affordability

- Expensive services, including hospitals and transportation
- Not enough banks and financial institutions; weak culture of saving
- Meager federal funding for older-adult programs Health and wellness
- Too few gyms for indoor exercisers, despite many outdoor options
- Specialized health needs: few hospitals affiliated with medical schools; too few orthopedic surgeons, Alzheimer’s treatment facilities, and dialysis centers
- Not enough grocery stores

Takeaway


Provo-Orem reclaims the top spot in this third edition of “Best Cities for Successful Aging” (it was No. 1 in 2012), rising on the strength of the services and support systems that make it an ideal home for older adults amid a youthful, family-oriented population. With ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, including Utah’s five national parks, Provo-Orem fosters an active, healthy culture while low drinking and smoking rates boost its health profile. The area is home to Brigham Young University, with its opportunities for engagement and learning. Provo-Orem also offers good options for social support and faith-based engagement and boasts optimistic residents2 and high rates of volunteerism. A healthy economy provides employment opportunities for people of all ages.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 86 32.12 46.41
Crime rate 2 90.09 52.77
Internet access 1 100.00 83.51
Employment growth 1 100.00 86.82
Unemployment rate 1 100.00 64.06
Income distribution 2 97.56 86.33
Weather 78 54.15 65.13
Fatal car crashes 6 91.43 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 31 92.11 62.02
Primary-care physicians 49 57.50 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 16 60.09 45.49
Number of nurses 36 42.33 38.33
Number of hospital beds 23 43.72 37.22
Long-term hospitals 5 76.70 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 26 49.51 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 12 69.26 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 1 100.00 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 62 29.51 31.70
Dialysis centers 65 33.53 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 82 34.90 48.95
Physical therapists 58 51.39 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 86 49.24 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 46 87.50 83.71
Medical school affiliation 96 0.00 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 8 64.36 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 5 95.78 70.79
Smoking rate 2 96.69 30.34
Diabetes rate 1 100.00 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 4 98.50 81.26
Caregivers 4 58.66 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 50 84.09 84.59
Depression 62 40.88 43.31
Physical activity 3 96.02 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 83 34.32 46.08
Fast-food outlets 15 69.36 61.73
Falls with injury 54 36.31 38.43
Binge drinking 1 100.00 40.64
Air quality 22 75.13 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 75 42.03 47.44
Total bank deposits 94 2.77 7.24
Tax burden 30 77.12 68.14
Dependency ratio 95 69.97 84.57
Growth of small businesses 4 93.23 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 1 100.00 58.57
Capital gains 44 46.68 49.15
Income growth 10 90.72 84.11
Reverse mortgages 68 6.02 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 58 41.09 44.17
Median rental price 47 71.06 69.47
Households with older adults 99 37.50 55.52
Nursing beds 59 52.94 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 15 80.00 64.62
Home health-care service providers 21 17.29 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 7 43.23 23.14
Cost of assisted living 4 96.00 80.63
Nursing-home rating 11 62.00 36.99
Older adults in family homes 1 100.00 84.60
Cost of adult day services 96 39.33 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 43 51.30 50.90
Commute times 13 89.35 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 20 52.16 38.41
Number of passenger trips 6 31.62 9.79
Public transport fare 86 8.33 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 5 87.10 67.65
Grocery stores 76 26.81 33.58
Special needs transportation 4 66.18 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 100 24.21 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 12 41.14 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 2 99.86 53.28
Number of public libraries 18 55.29 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 100 9.02 60.15
Funding for older adults 78 71.37 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 1 100.00 38.00
College enrollment 1 100.00 58.16
Number of community colleges 8 39.38 20.92
Number of universities 95 17.43 38.93