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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Salt Lake City, UT
#4
OVERALL RANKING
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Salt Lake City, UT


SCORE: 78.07

#3
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 78.00
 
#4
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.73
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.01%
Population 65+:  101,289
Total Population:  1,123,943

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 82 83.54 87.83 -4.88 %
Health Care 10 73.89 62.09 19.00 %
Wellness 16 78.11 72.07 8.38 %
Financial Security 3 99.55 88.25 12.80 %
Education 13 69.40 61.67 12.53 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
22 55.18 46.42 18.87 %
Employment 11 72.82 63.96 13.85 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
50 70.30 69.42 1.27 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
34 77.09 73.23 5.27 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Health consciousness

- Easy access to primary care
- Ample geriatric, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and Alzheimerís services
- Low Alzheimerís, diabetes, and obesity rates

Engagement
- Giving back: high rate of older volunteers
- Many cultural and recreational amenities

Economic opportunity

- Strong 65-plus employment levels; community colleges teaching new skills
- Easy access to banks and financial services; high rates of account holders
- Low older-adult poverty and income inequality

Needs Work


Quality-of-life obstacles

- Low funding for programs serving older adults
- Pricey housing for this region; many reverse mortgages
- Safety worries: high crime rate
- Watch the waistline: too much fast food, too few fitness facilities

Takeaway


This Mountain States metro is a draw for snow enthusiasts and a growing hub for finance and technology. Salt Lake Cityís acclaimed Intermountain Healthcare and strong primary-care network contribute to an environment that supports well-being.3 It boasts an educated population, a diverse job market,4 and an older population thatís enthusiastic about volunteering.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 84 32.80 46.41
Crime rate 97 33.02 52.77
Internet access 19 91.44 83.51
Employment growth 17 90.93 86.82
Unemployment rate 3 94.88 64.06
Income distribution 6 90.91 86.33
Weather 74 54.42 65.13
Fatal car crashes 30 59.23 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 38 91.54 62.02
Primary-care physicians 11 73.51 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 4 77.57 45.49
Number of nurses 7 52.30 38.33
Number of hospital beds 16 45.29 37.22
Long-term hospitals 32 29.27 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 17 56.67 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 19 59.46 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 20 23.67 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 34 38.15 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 2 57.29 31.70
Dialysis centers 100 2.58 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 20 61.73 48.95
Physical therapists 12 76.06 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 86 49.24 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 40 88.89 83.71
Medical school affiliation 33 56.57 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 29 47.77 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 14 80.77 70.79
Smoking rate 16 38.53 30.34
Diabetes rate 3 68.38 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 3 99.10 81.26
Caregivers 29 45.54 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 54 83.40 84.59
Depression 90 35.43 43.31
Physical activity 11 85.27 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 66 40.96 46.08
Fast-food outlets 86 53.90 61.73
Falls with injury 67 33.93 38.43
Binge drinking 25 44.70 40.64
Air quality 40 68.70 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 2 64.52 47.44
Total bank deposits 1 100.00 7.24
Tax burden 30 77.12 68.14
Dependency ratio 74 81.94 84.57
Growth of small businesses 34 87.82 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 19 69.98 58.57
Capital gains 44 46.68 49.15
Income growth 23 85.80 84.11
Reverse mortgages 86 2.37 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 83 32.19 44.17
Median rental price 58 67.17 69.47
Households with older adults 95 55.52
Nursing beds 64 51.42 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 15 80.00 64.62
Home health-care service providers 17 18.43 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 72 15.86 23.14
Cost of assisted living 4 96.00 80.63
Nursing-home rating 29 44.87 36.99
Older adults in family homes 11 89.89 84.60
Cost of adult day services 96 39.33 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 25 63.50 50.90
Commute times 18 86.94 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 43 35.64 38.41
Number of passenger trips 11 26.21 9.79
Public transport fare 93 7.89 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 4 88.34 67.65
Grocery stores 37 34.81 33.58
Special needs transportation 70 20.76 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 98 31.87 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 10 41.90 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 1 100.00 53.28
Number of public libraries 71 35.69 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 96 25.58 60.15
Funding for older adults 78 71.37 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 7 96.99 38.00
College enrollment 56 54.92 58.16
Number of community colleges 11 35.12 20.92
Number of universities 30 45.34 38.93