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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Springfield, MA
#15
OVERALL RANKING
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Springfield, MA


SCORE: 74.68

#14
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 75.11
 
#54
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.37
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.46%
Population 65+:  90,481
Total Population:  625,788

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 96 81.19 87.83 -7.56 %
Health Care 54 62.15 62.09 0.10 %
Wellness 42 72.68 72.07 0.85 %
Financial Security 65 86.64 88.25 -1.82 %
Education 1 100.00 61.67 62.15 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
9 60.55 46.42 30.44 %
Employment 39 64.89 63.96 1.45 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
84 60.80 69.42 -12.42 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
8 87.16 73.23 19.02 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Tops in educational facilities

- Abundance of community colleges per capita, high enrollment
- Culture of learning: numerous libraries

Well-designed for aging

- Good access to rehab, geriatric facilities, and aging-focused care
- Strong funding to support independent aging
- Good transportation spending levels for older riders
- Walkable communities; short commutes
- Low rates of Alzheimer’s, injury falls

Needs Work


Livability and cost

- Relatively high living costs and crime rates
- Low income growth in a struggling economy; many older adults in poverty
- High tax burden- Few recreational amenities

Long-term services and supports

- Adults rarely age at home
- Costly assisted living, nursing homes
- Poor-quality nursing homes; few caregivers

Takeaway


Part of New England’s “knowledge corridor,” known for its many colleges and universities, Springfield offers the benefits of top educational institutions and expansive opportunities for engagement. This historic metro has the feel of a smaller city, but with transportation amenities rivaling the largest metro regions. Health care and living arrangements could be improved, however.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 67 40.90 46.41
Crime rate 40 52.52 52.77
Internet access 75 78.57 83.51
Employment growth 83 82.77 86.82
Unemployment rate 87 51.98 64.06
Income distribution 55 85.11 86.33
Weather 84 52.81 65.13
Fatal car crashes 23 67.20 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 97 83.89 62.02
Primary-care physicians 37 60.43 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 17 59.01 45.49
Number of nurses 41 40.27 38.33
Number of hospital beds 32 40.60 37.22
Long-term hospitals 26 34.41 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 20 55.52 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 15 62.13 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 60 22.43 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 81 23.09 31.70
Dialysis centers 88 21.96 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 99 17.96 48.95
Physical therapists 31 64.90 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 85 50.14 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 25 92.31 83.71
Medical school affiliation 43 48.95 45.76
Magnet hospitals 56 9.23 14.40
ER wait times 94 23.95 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 27 75.63 70.79
Smoking rate 55 24.91 30.34
Diabetes rate 54 46.12 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 2 99.94 81.26
Caregivers 87 29.63 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 52 83.52 84.59
Depression 87 36.14 43.31
Physical activity 52 62.14 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 64 41.74 46.08
Fast-food outlets 13 70.23 61.73
Falls with injury 7 50.84 38.43
Binge drinking 76 33.99 40.64
Air quality 23 74.51 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 94 33.20 47.44
Total bank deposits 59 4.86 7.24
Tax burden 90 46.70 68.14
Dependency ratio 18 90.88 84.57
Growth of small businesses 58 85.09 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 82 48.30 58.57
Capital gains 20 71.01 49.15
Income growth 85 80.64 84.11
Reverse mortgages 30 20.66 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 64 39.02 44.17
Median rental price 44 72.04 69.47
Households with older adults 21 60.09 55.52
Nursing beds 15 84.21 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 92 39.66 64.62
Home health-care service providers 27 15.88 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 46 20.26 23.14
Cost of assisted living 95 54.34 80.63
Nursing-home rating 76 25.14 36.99
Older adults in family homes 99 76.74 84.60
Cost of adult day services 41 53.85 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 20 65.76 50.90
Commute times 22 85.78 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 5 84.58 38.41
Number of passenger trips 33 8.08 9.79
Public transport fare 27 14.29 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 2 96.65 67.65
Grocery stores 31 37.62 33.58
Special needs transportation 34 33.66 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 29 50.37 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 80 21.85 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 55 49.13 53.28
Number of public libraries 4 92.03 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 62 52.80 60.15
Funding for older adults 17 80.77 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 77 87.20 38.00
College enrollment 3 88.96 58.16
Number of community colleges 1 100.00 20.92
Number of universities 18 51.39 38.93