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Best Cities for Successful Aging | St. Louis, MO-IL
#27
OVERALL RANKING

St. Louis, MO-IL


SCORE: 73.52

#29
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.36
 
#19
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.25
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.05%
Population 65+:  392,830
Total Population:  2,796,506

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 54 87.30 87.83 -.60 %
Health Care 31 66.66 62.09 7.36 %
Wellness 82 66.09 72.07 -8.30 %
Financial Security 26 91.27 88.25 3.42 %
Education 52 61.18 61.67 -.79 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
38 47.52 46.42 2.37 %
Employment 56 61.35 63.96 -4.08 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
7 79.18 69.42 14.06 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
30 77.75 73.23 6.17 %
(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 10 63.28 46.41
Crime rate 35 55.32 52.77
Internet access 68 80.07 83.51
Employment growth 82 82.82 86.82
Unemployment rate 44 63.51 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 62 57.65 65.13
Fatal car crashes 63 42.10 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 62 89.30 62.02
Primary-care physicians 70 52.26 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 70 36.09 45.49
Number of nurses 17 46.59 38.33
Number of hospital beds 19 44.65 37.22
Long-term hospitals 12 47.34 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 19 56.02 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 21 57.00 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 34 12.77 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 27 46.29 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 41 33.84 31.70
Dialysis centers 19 55.84 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 38 52.92 48.95
Physical therapists 44 56.24 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 47 60.85 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 62 82.35 83.71
Medical school affiliation 63 37.43 45.76
Magnet hospitals 55 9.41 14.40
ER wait times 80 27.95 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 71 63.48 70.79
Smoking rate 61 24.47 30.34
Diabetes rate 70 42.30 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 82 73.11 81.26
Caregivers 43 39.40 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 67 81.88 84.59
Depression 96 33.98 43.31
Physical activity 78 57.15 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 34 51.35 46.08
Fast-food outlets 48 60.28 61.73
Falls with injury 32 39.29 38.43
Binge drinking 96 29.51 40.64
Air quality 88 55.16 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 9 58.07 47.44
Total bank deposits 27 7.39 7.24
Tax burden 56 68.50 68.14
Dependency ratio 57 84.11 84.57
Growth of small businesses 3 93.72 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 25 66.35 58.57
Capital gains 48 44.17 49.15
Income growth 76 81.10 84.11
Reverse mortgages 35 19.18 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 25 55.08 44.17
Median rental price 31 76.62 69.47
Households with older adults 44 55.26 55.52
Nursing beds 7 92.77 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 13 87.96 64.62
Home health-care service providers 39 14.47 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 46 20.26 23.14
Cost of assisted living 2 99.30 80.63
Nursing-home rating 60 30.00 36.99
Older adults in family homes 73 81.11 84.60
Cost of adult day services 76 45.43 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 18 66.19 50.90
Commute times 62 75.98 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 53 30.04 38.41
Number of passenger trips 34 8.03 9.79
Public transport fare 70 9.65 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 52 67.85 67.65
Grocery stores 54 31.48 33.58
Special needs transportation 52 25.30 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 30 49.48 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 65 25.53 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 30 56.67 53.28
Number of public libraries 25 52.96 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 43 67.19 60.15
Funding for older adults 26 78.58 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 40 91.08 38.00
College enrollment 57 54.90 58.16
Number of community colleges 81 11.24 20.92
Number of universities 14 52.41 38.93