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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Santa Rosa, CA
#148
OVERALL RANKING

Santa Rosa, CA


SCORE: 65.82

#135
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.32
 
#171
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 65.46
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.27%
Population 65+:  74,899
Total Population:  490,596

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 10 91.38 81.58 12.01 %
Health Care 238 40.78 50.15 -18.68 %
Wellness 14 79.62 68.45 16.32 %
Financial 248 73.65 81.09 -9.17 %
EducationEducation 57 63.04 71.18 6.41 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
267 54.60 71.18 -23.29 %
Employment 87 54.42 51.56 5.55 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
68 63.12 57.14 10.47 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
255 41.66 51.89 -19.71 %
(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 277 18.47 49.09
Crime Rate 41 57.55 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 11 89.42 80.67
Unemployment Rate 83 52.22 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 4 91.48 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 64 37.25 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 57 41.37 33.5
Number of hospital beds 204 19.71 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 218 62.50 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 55 12.59 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 177 11.84 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 205 15.78 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 117 15.07 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 165 12.50 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 117 12.43 13.35
Number of nurses 230 15.85 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 206 1.35 2.35
ER Wait Times 198 17.55 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 9 62.58 46.33
Smoking rate 39 18.30 13.69
Diabetes rate 55 50.18 41.83
Binge drinking 138 17.22 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 54 86.61 74.78
Caregivers 260 25.46 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 21 84.45 76.89
Depression 78 52.60 49.3
Physical activity 6 63.04 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 46 56.39 42.27
Fast-food outlets 51 40.12 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 178 11.45 17.69
Air quality 18 80.88 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 97 58.50 53.83
Total bank deposits 35 1.30 1.37
Tax burden 251 52.36 70.55
Dependency ratio 82 63.28 61.29
Small business growth 120 81.57 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 138 28.42 29.07
Capital gains 28 45.50 31.31
Income growth 37 64.24 60.52
Reverse mortgages 281 0.79 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 276 13.78 46.02
Median rental price 278 40.10 70.18
Households with older adults 78 41.73 39.04
Nursing beds 230 33.03 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 179 57.14 70.35
Home health-care service providers 216 6.88 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 22 32.28 14.8
Cost of assisted living 182 67.33 71.61
Nursing-home rating 41 40.91 22.29
Older adults in family homes 250 77.54 82.84
Cost of adult day services 183 45.45 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 35 71.77 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 164 20.89 31.34
Employment growth 52 47.19 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 122 6.74 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 251 61.45 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 87 3.99 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 278 17.87 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 63 25.63 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 21 67.31 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 58 53.09 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 86 31.48 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 72 21.11 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 178 48.75 63.01
Number of public libraries 258 10.38 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 266 27.78 12.40
Funding for older adults 174 27.93 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 23 94.40 85.93
College enrollment 98 24.55 26.46