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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Springfield, IL
#92
OVERALL RANKING

Springfield, IL


SCORE: 67.80

#104
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.56
 
#85
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.74
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.63%
Population 65+:  31,009
Total Population:  211,973

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 210 78.97 81.58 -3.20 %
Health Care 26 63.67 50.15 26.96 %
Wellness 187 65.15 68.45 -4.82 %
Financial 159 80.21 81.09 -1.09 %
EducationEducation 162 56.72 71.18 -4.25 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
123 73.03 71.18 2.60 %
Employment 83 55.11 51.56 6.89 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
131 56.17 57.14 -1.70 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
70 54.91 51.89 5.82 %
(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 48 61.02 49.09
Crime Rate 239 29.42 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 225 77.27 80.67
Unemployment Rate 130 45.19 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 177 55.76 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 127 27.44 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 34 46.80 33.5
Number of hospital beds 42 44.26 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 25 30.23 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 165 14.21 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 177 18.94 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 39 36.19 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 16 80.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 10 34.12 13.35
Number of nurses 28 35.91 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 29 3.23 2.35
ER Wait Times 63 31.82 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 103 47.09 46.33
Smoking rate 182 10.06 13.69
Diabetes rate 165 38.14 41.83
Binge drinking 235 12.50 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 128 78.19 74.78
Caregivers 209 30.83 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 148 75.92 76.89
Depression 218 43.29 49.3
Physical activity 149 36.69 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 38 57.04 42.27
Fast-food outlets 183 32.14 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 121 15.77 17.69
Air quality 221 52.44 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 42 66.74 53.83
Total bank deposits 30 1.37 1.37
Tax burden 242 52.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 164 58.71 61.29
Small business growth 108 81.83 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 33 37.98 29.07
Capital gains 84 37.83 31.31
Income growth 237 57.29 60.52
Reverse mortgages 84 34.84 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 98 51.65 46.02
Median rental price 103 74.46 70.18
Households with older adults 174 36.83 39.04
Nursing beds 119 51.88 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 49 78.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 127 11.98 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 133 11.82 14.8
Cost of assisted living 238 62.35 71.61
Nursing-home rating 164 16.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 267 76.03 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 153 53.68 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 108 28.26 31.34
Employment growth 93 45.79 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 23 24.77 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 62 78.87 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 64 5.03 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 174 34.97 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 123 17.43 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 170 39.81 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 141 43.21 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 126 29.56 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 57 23.21 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 146 52.64 63.01
Number of public libraries 102 25.41 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 101 69.55 12.40
Funding for older adults 56 30.87 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 110 88.50 85.93
College enrollment 201 17.75 26.46