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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Rochester, MN
#24
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Rochester, MN


SCORE: 72.31

#36
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.55
 
#10
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.72
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.34%
Population 65+:  30,071
Total Population:  209,693

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 12 90.51 81.58 10.95 %
Health Care 7 77.72 50.15 54.98 %
Wellness 57 72.68 68.45 6.18 %
Financial 227 75.33 81.09 -7.10 %
EducationEducation 94 60.13 71.18 1.50 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
166 69.04 71.18 -3.01 %
Employment 148 48.56 51.56 -5.82 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
152 54.58 57.14 -4.48 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
23 66.21 51.89 27.60 %
(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 73 57.62 49.09
Crime Rate 9 78.61 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 117 81.19 80.67
Unemployment Rate 13 74.60 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 272 47.16 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 61 37.30 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 3 81.40 33.5
Number of hospital beds 19 53.11 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 221 60.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 163 14.62 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 172 19.49 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 23 29.23 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 73 40.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 1 100.00 13.35
Number of nurses 1 100.00 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 21 3.49 2.35
ER Wait Times 81 28.91 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 46 52.32 46.33
Smoking rate 52 16.64 13.69
Diabetes rate 26 56.56 41.83
Binge drinking 133 17.58 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 212 68.49 74.78
Caregivers 179 32.39 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 25 84.17 76.89
Depression 54 55.52 49.3
Physical activity 46 47.44 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 122 44.16 42.27
Fast-food outlets 71 38.45 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 19 35.87 17.69
Air quality 196 54.51 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 172 50.32 53.83
Total bank deposits 41 1.27 1.37
Tax burden 238 52.89 70.55
Dependency ratio 196 57.45 61.29
Small business growth 73 83.26 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 29 39.18 29.07
Capital gains 116 28.53 31.31
Income growth 75 61.67 60.52
Reverse mortgages 177 20.21 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 143 44.85 46.02
Median rental price 189 66.39 70.18
Households with older adults 204 34.68 39.04
Nursing beds 128 50.60 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 156 60.61 70.35
Home health-care service providers 45 21.60 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 52 22.12 14.8
Cost of assisted living 112 72.81 71.61
Nursing-home rating 164 16.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 153 82.02 82.84
Cost of adult day services 200 44.87 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 132 55.27 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 98 29.66 31.34
Employment growth 242 40.45 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 110 7.50 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 60 79.27 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 71 4.69 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 208 31.95 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 89 22.01 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 168 39.92 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 206 37.04 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 153 28.29 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 55 24.00 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 3 82.52 63.01
Number of public libraries 71 29.88 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 23 83.28 12.40
Funding for older adults 158 28.39 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 57 91.81 85.93
College enrollment 142 21.26 26.46