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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
#63
OVERALL RANKING

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA


SCORE: 69.10

#60
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 69.46
 
#81
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.86
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.37%
Population 65+:  57,552
Total Population:  430,426

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 6 92.12 81.58 12.92 %
Health Care 214 42.99 50.15 -14.28 %
Wellness 10 82.47 68.45 20.48 %
Financial 230 75.06 81.09 -7.44 %
EducationEducation 37 68.00 71.18 14.79 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
277 50.81 71.18 -28.62 %
Employment 144 48.97 51.56 -5.02 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
3 87.54 57.14 53.20 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
220 45.92 51.89 -11.51 %
(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 280 13.59 49.09
Crime Rate 67 50.83 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 48 83.96 80.67
Unemployment Rate 135 44.42 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 1 100.00 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 8 59.80 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 86 37.25 33.5
Number of hospital beds 216 17.80 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 142 83.33 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 196 7.57 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 213 15.14 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 135 9.64 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 151 16.67 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 43 16.67 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 68 15.40 13.35
Number of nurses 226 16.02 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 138 1.87 2.35
ER Wait Times 131 23.40 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 3 75.33 46.33
Smoking rate 33 19.54 13.69
Diabetes rate 13 59.17 41.83
Binge drinking 124 17.88 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 35 90.24 74.78
Caregivers 230 29.23 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 13 87.02 76.89
Depression 24 59.72 49.3
Physical activity 8 62.14 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 53 54.73 42.27
Fast-food outlets 184 32.06 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 206 9.73 17.69
Air quality 63 68.75 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 119 56.41 53.83
Total bank deposits 16 1.59 1.37
Tax burden 251 52.36 70.55
Dependency ratio 58 65.50 61.29
Small business growth 59 84.21 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 53 34.70 29.07
Capital gains 28 45.50 31.31
Income growth 53 62.87 60.52
Reverse mortgages 279 1.50 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 281 9.70 46.02
Median rental price 279 39.50 70.18
Households with older adults 88 40.72 39.04
Nursing beds 244 28.45 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 179 57.14 70.35
Home health-care service providers 220 6.69 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 40 25.06 14.8
Cost of assisted living 182 67.33 71.61
Nursing-home rating 139 20.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 127 82.74 82.84
Cost of adult day services 183 45.45 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 64 63.80 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 206 16.20 31.34
Employment growth 150 43.77 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 97 8.37 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 36 82.70 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 23 12.13 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 12 48.54 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 32 32.12 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 5 85.23 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 14 68.70 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 188 26.31 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 29 30.40 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 192 47.87 63.01
Number of public libraries 236 12.55 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 231 40.12 12.40
Funding for older adults 174 27.93 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 96 89.22 85.93
College enrollment 36 41.89 26.46