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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Rochester, NY
#17
OVERALL RANKING

Rochester, NY


SCORE: 74.55

#22
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.18
 
#17
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.81
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.02%
Population 65+:  162,522
Total Population:  1,082,375

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 57 86.77 87.83 -1.21 %
Health Care 16 70.50 62.09 13.54 %
Wellness 37 73.57 72.07 2.08 %
Financial Security 12 93.23 88.25 5.64 %
Education 78 56.74 61.67 -7.99 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
14 57.02 46.42 22.83 %
Employment 74 58.63 63.96 -8.33 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
78 63.52 69.42 -8.50 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
21 79.80 73.23 8.97 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Easy living

- Affordable housing
- Short commute times, walkable environment, low crime
- Convenient diagnostic centers
- Good nursing-home capacity; many home-health providers

Well-planned health-care system

- Many nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants
- Magnet hospitals with quality care
- Short ER wait times

Needs Work


Economic downsides

- Low employment and income growth; high tax burden
- Few banks per capita and low deposit rates

Long-term care

- Few older adults living at home
- Expensive nursing homes and adult day services
- Few continuing-care facilities; poor-quality nursing homes

Takeaway


Far to the north of the glittering Big Apple, Rochester offers its older residents a comfortable, healthy, and engaged life on Lake Ontario’s southern shore, with affordable living and quality health care. Despite low employment and income growth, few older adults live in poverty.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 12 61.46 46.41
Crime rate 25 63.54 52.77
Internet access 81 76.91 83.51
Employment growth 95 81.68 86.82
Unemployment rate 51 61.17 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 85 52.79 65.13
Fatal car crashes 41 52.37 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 79 87.73 62.02
Primary-care physicians 55 56.49 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 5 77.15 45.49
Number of nurses 51 37.17 38.33
Number of hospital beds 52 35.65 37.22
Long-term hospitals 10 57.72 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 25 49.68 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 52 39.09 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 9 31.13 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 21 50.17 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 38 34.38 31.70
Dialysis centers 90 20.93 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 15 64.46 48.95
Physical therapists 27 67.50 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 60 57.52 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 75 76.92 83.71
Medical school affiliation 29 58.74 45.76
Magnet hospitals 7 36.92 14.40
ER wait times 23 49.93 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 57 67.00 70.79
Smoking rate 37 29.07 30.34
Diabetes rate 50 47.47 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 59 81.08 81.26
Caregivers 79 31.47 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 40 84.85 84.59
Depression 93 35.02 43.31
Physical activity 34 66.53 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 26 53.52 46.08
Fast-food outlets 45 60.57 61.73
Falls with injury 92 28.79 38.43
Binge drinking 26 44.65 40.64
Air quality 42 67.91 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 90 36.60 47.44
Total bank deposits 85 3.51 7.24
Tax burden 94 39.21 68.14
Dependency ratio 43 85.81 84.57
Growth of small businesses 40 87.06 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 8 78.52 58.57
Capital gains 2 89.97 49.15
Income growth 87 80.42 84.11
Reverse mortgages 25 22.98 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 15 57.51 44.17
Median rental price 26 78.25 69.47
Households with older adults 28 58.33 55.52
Nursing beds 26 77.21 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 94 38.78 64.62
Home health-care service providers 60 12.08 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 90 12.23 23.14
Cost of assisted living 85 70.24 80.63
Nursing-home rating 89 15.20 36.99
Older adults in family homes 87 78.54 84.60
Cost of adult day services 92 41.18 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 8 72.57 50.90
Commute times 5 92.79 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 22 51.41 38.41
Number of passenger trips 43 6.66 9.79
Public transport fare 27 14.29 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 78 59.38 67.65
Grocery stores 23 39.67 33.58
Special needs transportation 14 45.13 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 19 53.08 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 25 37.03 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 96 37.96 53.28
Number of public libraries 14 64.51 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 55 55.80 60.15
Funding for older adults 9 83.15 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 42 90.97 38.00
College enrollment 35 61.39 58.16
Number of community colleges 90 8.31 20.92
Number of universities 71 29.91 38.93