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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Sioux Falls, SD
#5
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Sioux Falls, SD


SCORE: 78.58

#5
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 77.90
 
#4
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 78.25
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.57%
Population 65+:  27,503
Total Population:  237,649

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 48 85.81 81.58 5.19 %
Health Care 4 81.54 50.15 62.59 %
Wellness 101 69.48 68.45 1.50 %
Financial 1 100.00 81.09 23.32 %
EducationEducation 130 58.14 71.18 -1.86 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
111 74.06 71.18 4.05 %
Employment 59 59.17 51.56 14.76 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
97 58.67 57.14 2.68 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
2 90.98 51.89 75.33 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Cost-effective care

- Tied for lowest hospital costs among small cities
- Many nurses, physical therapists, geriatric services, and hospices
- Short waits in the ER

Financial strength

- Lots of deposits filling the vaults; many banks per capita
- High growth rates in incomes and small business

Community ties

- Strong funding to help older adults remain independent
- Ample access to libraries and cultural recreation
- Generosity: high rates of volunteering

Needs Work


Independent living support

- Few people aging at home; many older adults in poverty
- Pricey housing and many reverse mortgages
- Slow growth in health and leisure employment

Car-centricity

- Insufficient spending on transit for older adults and people with disabilities
- Walkable streets in short supply
- Little use of public transportation

Takeaway


Sioux Falls has dropped from the No. 1 spot in “Best Cities” 2012, in part because it needs to improve the wellness status of its overall population. It continues to lead in infrastructure and services, including medical services, for older adults and has a good economic climate. Though somewhat geographically isolated, it has many cultural amenities and a philanthropically oriented population.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 110 53.02 49.09
Crime Rate 99 45.90 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 31 85.63 80.67
Unemployment Rate 6 89.35 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 267 48.72 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 111 29.59 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 15 54.45 33.5
Number of hospital beds 14 56.08 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 233 50.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 23 33.18 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 11 62.38 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 20 51.98 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 20 31.19 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 11 59.58 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 118 30.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 26 23.18 13.35
Number of nurses 6 70.73 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 7 4.61 2.35
ER Wait Times 11 45.45 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 71 49.52 46.33
Smoking rate 158 10.57 13.69
Diabetes rate 30 55.28 41.83
Binge drinking 249 11.82 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 273 35.86 74.78
Caregivers 23 59.04 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 50 81.21 76.89
Depression 160 46.92 49.3
Physical activity 85 41.77 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 21 63.10 42.27
Fast-food outlets 143 34.16 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 66 23.07 17.69
Air quality 138 58.72 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 5 83.08 53.83
Total bank deposits 1 100.00 1.37
Tax burden 45 82.64 70.55
Dependency ratio 129 60.32 61.29
Small business growth 41 85.80 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 190 24.03 29.07
Capital gains 44 40.71 31.31
Income growth 34 64.27 60.52
Reverse mortgages 111 31.25 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 195 38.88 46.02
Median rental price 75 77.61 70.18
Households with older adults 262 29.35 39.04
Nursing beds 74 61.64 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 100 70.35 70.35
Home health-care service providers 113 12.95 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 65 19.77 14.8
Cost of assisted living 37 83.53 71.61
Nursing-home rating 102 25.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 207 80.02 82.84
Cost of adult day services 170 48.61 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 3 95.68 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 99 29.45 31.34
Employment growth 279 11.79 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 47 14.23 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 31 83.61 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 111 3.06 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 219 30.26 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 196 11.69 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 89 49.85 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 131 44.44 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 237 23.12 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 6 69.65 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 14 78.03 63.01
Number of public libraries 11 52.80 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 11 87.76 12.40
Funding for older adults 9 53.34 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 76 90.47 85.93
College enrollment 188 18.48 26.46