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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Santa Fe, NM
#81
OVERALL RANKING

Santa Fe, NM


SCORE: 68.35

#69
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.85
 
#125
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.08
 
Percent of Population 65+:  17.24%
Population 65+:  25,248
Total Population:  146,456

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 237 76.93 81.58 -5.70 %
Health Care 115 50.99 50.15 1.67 %
Wellness 3 89.74 68.45 31.10 %
Financial 157 80.28 81.09 -1.00 %
EducationEducation 107 59.53 71.18 0.49 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
263 55.19 71.18 -22.46 %
Employment 19 71.82 51.56 39.29 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
142 55.13 57.14 -3.52 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
138 50.64 51.89 -2.41 %
(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 240 34.96 49.09
Crime Rate 153 38.64 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 205 77.97 80.67
Unemployment Rate 142 43.68 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 102 65.63 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 171 23.22 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 66 39.57 33.5
Number of hospital beds 242 14.73 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 146 17.85 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 244 11.90 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 1 100.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 221 7.22 13.35
Number of nurses 266 10.88 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 251 1.00 2.35
ER Wait Times 170 19.28 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 2 93.89 46.33
Smoking rate 45 17.69 13.69
Diabetes rate 2 82.23 41.83
Binge drinking 89 20.79 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 245 59.12 74.78
Caregivers 130 37.92 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 5 90.05 76.89
Depression 61 54.33 49.3
Physical activity 2 82.86 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 54 54.40 42.27
Fast-food outlets 182 32.15 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 207 9.67 17.69
Air quality 11 84.62 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 40 67.36 53.83
Total bank deposits 54 1.18 1.37
Tax burden 30 87.29 70.55
Dependency ratio 169 58.53 61.29
Small business growth 190 79.11 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 50 35.08 29.07
Capital gains 175 24.66 31.31
Income growth 133 59.78 60.52
Reverse mortgages 252 5.83 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 262 26.32 46.02
Median rental price 240 58.31 70.18
Households with older adults 47 43.88 39.04
Nursing beds 279 10.97 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 103 68.29 70.35
Home health-care service providers 195 8.29 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 184 8.99 14.8
Cost of assisted living 116 72.14 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 255 77.13 82.84
Cost of adult day services 270 35.35 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 15 79.06 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 131 24.05 31.34
Employment growth 238 40.74 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 10 50.12 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 126 71.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 99 3.48 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 198 32.92 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 135 15.96 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 169 39.90 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 99 48.15 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 25 37.05 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 26 32.88 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 131 53.88 63.01
Number of public libraries 176 17.67 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 241 35.75 12.40
Funding for older adults 250 27.05 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 28 94.09 85.93
College enrollment 209 17.14 26.46