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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Rockford, IL
#186
OVERALL RANKING

Rockford, IL


SCORE: 64.76

#195
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.57
 
#151
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.32
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.45%
Population 65+:  49,939
Total Population:  345,703

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 150 80.91 81.58 -.82 %
Health Care 103 52.04 50.15 3.77 %
Wellness 237 62.51 68.45 -8.68 %
Financial 185 78.48 81.09 -3.22 %
EducationEducation 186 55.96 71.18 -5.54 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
62 78.86 71.18 10.79 %
Employment 248 40.21 51.56 -22.01 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
156 54.22 57.14 -5.11 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
190 47.45 51.89 -8.56 %
(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 8 74.70 49.09
Crime Rate 197 33.86 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 143 80.20 80.67
Unemployment Rate 241 33.72 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 250 50.28 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 75 35.20 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 136 31.80 33.5
Number of hospital beds 155 25.31 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 42 18.75 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 148 17.62 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 137 23.50 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 129 11.22 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 29 60.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 14 40.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 106 12.92 13.35
Number of nurses 90 27.02 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 120 2.03 2.35
ER Wait Times 187 18.36 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 227 40.51 46.33
Smoking rate 271 6.33 13.69
Diabetes rate 176 36.76 41.83
Binge drinking 243 12.17 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 119 79.40 74.78
Caregivers 201 31.23 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 153 75.67 76.89
Depression 92 51.46 49.3
Physical activity 199 33.29 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 182 36.57 42.27
Fast-food outlets 115 35.56 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 163 12.53 17.69
Air quality 228 52.30 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 155 52.15 53.83
Total bank deposits 136 0.89 1.37
Tax burden 242 52.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 206 56.93 61.29
Small business growth 173 79.87 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 126 29.23 29.07
Capital gains 84 37.83 31.31
Income growth 235 57.33 60.52
Reverse mortgages 55 40.15 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 16 70.48 46.02
Median rental price 95 75.79 70.18
Households with older adults 143 38.13 39.04
Nursing beds 71 62.20 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 49 78.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 163 10.00 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 219 7.45 14.8
Cost of assisted living 238 62.35 71.61
Nursing-home rating 99 26.32 22.29
Older adults in family homes 149 82.10 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 187 50.26 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 225 14.61 31.34
Employment growth 191 42.63 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 250 2.32 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 201 66.52 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 108 3.19 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 227 29.89 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 267 6.42 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 116 45.54 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 74 50.62 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 141 28.99 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 79 20.43 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 144 52.72 63.01
Number of public libraries 197 15.80 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 214 45.83 12.40
Funding for older adults 58 30.86 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 170 85.49 85.93
College enrollment 165 19.71 26.46