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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Rapid City, SD
#30
OVERALL RANKING
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Rapid City, SD


SCORE: 71.75

#31
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.83
 
#60
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.01
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.59%
Population 65+:  20,247
Total Population:  138,781

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 158 80.52 81.58 -1.30 %
Health Care 56 57.90 50.15 15.45 %
Wellness 82 70.63 68.45 3.18 %
Financial 24 89.02 81.09 9.78 %
EducationEducation 78 60.99 71.18 2.95 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
184 67.23 71.18 -5.55 %
Employment 47 60.54 51.56 17.42 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
140 55.34 57.14 -3.15 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
3 89.16 51.89 71.83 %
(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 140 49.29 49.09
Crime Rate 128 42.05 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 137 80.46 80.67
Unemployment Rate 17 71.65 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 215 52.78 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 214 19.47 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 102 35.24 33.5
Number of hospital beds 15 55.03 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 271 28.57 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 117 21.76 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 93 29.01 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 66 27.71 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 119 28.57 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 51 14.29 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 80 14.52 13.35
Number of nurses 39 33.32 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 69 2.48 2.35
ER Wait Times 114 24.51 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 73 49.41 46.33
Smoking rate 184 10.02 13.69
Diabetes rate 66 48.19 41.83
Binge drinking 144 16.95 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 274 35.61 74.78
Caregivers 52 47.94 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 18 85.40 76.89
Depression 72 53.05 49.3
Physical activity 75 43.15 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 30 59.16 42.27
Fast-food outlets 133 34.36 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 78 21.58 17.69
Air quality 15 82.61 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 41 66.85 53.83
Total bank deposits 106 0.97 1.37
Tax burden 45 82.64 70.55
Dependency ratio 146 59.37 61.29
Small business growth 29 86.79 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 118 29.75 29.07
Capital gains 44 40.71 31.31
Income growth 82 61.48 60.52
Reverse mortgages 125 29.41 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 165 42.37 46.02
Median rental price 143 70.73 70.18
Households with older adults 193 35.97 39.04
Nursing beds 173 42.19 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 100 70.35 70.35
Home health-care service providers 269 2.20 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 103 13.92 14.8
Cost of assisted living 37 83.53 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 178 81.17 82.84
Cost of adult day services 170 48.61 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 45 68.29 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 83 32.84 31.34
Employment growth 249 40.00 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 25 23.25 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 22 85.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 197 1.43 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 219 30.26 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 108 19.27 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 125 44.42 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 213 35.80 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 124 29.58 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 4 87.75 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 13 78.11 63.01
Number of public libraries 52 32.80 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 117 66.67 12.40
Funding for older adults 8 53.36 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 47 92.54 85.93
College enrollment 128 22.28 26.46