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Best Cities for Successful Aging | St. Joseph, MO-KS
#140
OVERALL RANKING

St. Joseph, MO-KS


SCORE: 66.14

#139
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.26
 
#130
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.98
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.67%
Population 65+:  18,762
Total Population:  127,880

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 156 80.58 81.58 -1.23 %
Health Care 163 46.52 50.15 -7.24 %
Wellness 238 62.50 68.45 -8.69 %
Financial 79 84.50 81.09 4.21 %
EducationEducation 154 57.08 71.18 -3.65 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
24 85.52 71.18 20.15 %
Employment 166 47.24 51.56 -8.38 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
212 51.15 57.14 -10.48 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
74 54.45 51.89 4.93 %
(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 36 63.70 49.09
Crime Rate 248 27.52 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 195 78.56 80.67
Unemployment Rate 79 53.05 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 195 54.38 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 78 34.53 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 222 23.99 33.5
Number of hospital beds 96 31.64 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 191 66.67 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 1 100.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 206 15.67 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 59 29.93 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 197 8.72 13.35
Number of nurses 104 25.59 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 258 0.95 2.35
ER Wait Times 26 39.77 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 221 41.08 46.33
Smoking rate 108 12.22 13.69
Diabetes rate 188 35.94 41.83
Binge drinking 212 14.15 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 214 68.34 74.78
Caregivers 99 40.25 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 229 72.22 76.89
Depression 158 47.18 49.3
Physical activity 230 31.21 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 164 38.62 42.27
Fast-food outlets 79 37.71 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 181 11.23 17.69
Air quality 169 56.24 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 104 58.09 53.83
Total bank deposits 119 0.92 1.37
Tax burden 116 75.65 70.55
Dependency ratio 91 62.54 61.29
Small business growth 272 74.16 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 198 23.31 29.07
Capital gains 158 25.38 31.31
Income growth 238 57.27 60.52
Reverse mortgages 25 51.58 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 28 64.25 46.02
Median rental price 48 80.79 70.18
Households with older adults 112 39.57 39.04
Nursing beds 23 79.59 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 26 91.06 70.35
Home health-care service providers 162 10.07 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 80 17.43 14.8
Cost of assisted living 5 96.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 212 8.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 268 76.02 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 161 52.93 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 97 29.72 31.34
Employment growth 115 45.05 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 242 2.47 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 44 81.38 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 173 1.91 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 103 39.69 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 185 12.47 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 256 28.67 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 171 40.74 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 145 28.86 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 133 15.75 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 71 60.00 63.01
Number of public libraries 68 30.46 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 125 63.82 12.40
Funding for older adults 81 29.62 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 137 87.46 85.93
College enrollment 163 19.79 26.46