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Best Cities for Successful Aging | San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
#22
OVERALL RANKING

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA


SCORE: 74.02

#20
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.38
 
#28
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.48
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.98%
Population 65+:  380,409
Total Population:  3,176,138

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 2 99.84 87.83 13.67 %
Health Care 79 54.06 62.09 -12.93 %
Wellness 9 81.17 72.07 12.63 %
Financial Security 59 87.42 88.25 -.94 %
Education 4 78.70 61.67 27.61 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
29 51.60 46.42 11.16 %
Employment 64 59.82 63.96 -6.47 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
82 61.68 69.42 -11.15 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
81 63.34 73.23 -13.51 %
(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 95 19.57 46.41
Crime rate 8 74.47 52.77
Internet access 9 95.09 83.51
Employment growth 34 88.18 86.82
Unemployment rate 55 60.46 64.06
Income distribution 55 85.11 86.33
Weather 1 100.00 65.13
Fatal car crashes 32 58.75 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 9 95.96 62.02
Primary-care physicians 31 61.98 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 76 33.57 45.49
Number of nurses 83 30.28 38.33
Number of hospital beds 84 28.25 37.22
Long-term hospitals 67 7.99 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 79 23.20 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 84 27.04 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 55 6.46 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 63 20.83 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 26 36.77 31.70
Dialysis centers 76 28.89 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 36 53.91 48.95
Physical therapists 61 50.49 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 89 42.96 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 16 96.43 83.71
Medical school affiliation 58 40.91 45.76
Magnet hospitals 25 21.43 14.40
ER wait times 95 23.46 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 1 100.00 70.79
Smoking rate 7 53.91 30.34
Diabetes rate 12 59.58 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 19 91.95 81.26
Caregivers 75 32.17 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 10 92.09 84.59
Depression 15 48.52 43.31
Physical activity 7 88.80 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 40 48.77 46.08
Fast-food outlets 85 54.16 61.73
Falls with injury 75 32.68 38.43
Binge drinking 67 35.55 40.64
Air quality 84 56.03 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 33 51.05 47.44
Total bank deposits 47 5.33 7.24
Tax burden 77 52.36 68.14
Dependency ratio 8 94.25 84.57
Growth of small businesses 16 90.27 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 78 50.82 58.57
Capital gains 23 64.45 49.15
Income growth 16 86.88 84.11
Reverse mortgages 99 0.35 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 96 15.66 44.17
Median rental price 94 45.59 69.47
Households with older adults 54 53.73 55.52
Nursing beds 83 39.45 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 65 57.14 64.62
Home health-care service providers 89 7.31 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 10 39.23 23.14
Cost of assisted living 57 76.80 80.63
Nursing-home rating 2 93.00 36.99
Older adults in family homes 27 87.25 84.60
Cost of adult day services 66 45.45 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 38 55.00 50.90
Commute times 56 77.20 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 24 48.64 38.41
Number of passenger trips 16 16.98 9.79
Public transport fare 92 8.05 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 20 76.90 67.65
Grocery stores 26 39.00 33.58
Special needs transportation 39 29.78 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 69 42.41 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 36 32.37 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 65 48.00 53.28
Number of public libraries 77 31.14 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 84 38.26 60.15
Funding for older adults 54 73.53 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 63 89.14 38.00
College enrollment 10 69.74 58.16
Number of community colleges 54 17.93 20.92
Number of universities 1 100.00 38.93