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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Springfield, MO
#100
OVERALL RANKING

Springfield, MO


SCORE: 67.64

#98
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.76
 
#82
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.80
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.67%
Population 65+:  65,236
Total Population:  444,592

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 149 80.91 81.58 -.82 %
Health Care 110 51.57 50.15 2.83 %
Wellness 191 64.96 68.45 -5.10 %
Financial 120 82.38 81.09 1.59 %
EducationEducation 53 64.28 71.18 8.51 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
11 89.03 71.18 25.08 %
Employment 118 51.22 51.56 -.66 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
216 50.87 57.14 -10.97 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
150 49.81 51.89 -4.01 %
(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 112 52.56 49.09
Crime Rate 254 26.87 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 95 81.95 80.67
Unemployment Rate 65 55.69 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 141 60.20 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 89 32.89 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 101 35.39 33.5
Number of hospital beds 133 28.06 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 91 27.03 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 182 18.02 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 34 13.52 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 111 17.21 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 108 12.75 13.35
Number of nurses 63 29.36 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 50 2.75 2.35
ER Wait Times 157 20.58 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 175 42.78 46.33
Smoking rate 191 9.85 13.69
Diabetes rate 102 43.42 41.83
Binge drinking 95 20.00 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 219 67.65 74.78
Caregivers 101 40.20 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 140 76.26 76.89
Depression 262 39.52 49.3
Physical activity 150 36.57 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 85 49.45 42.27
Fast-food outlets 216 30.69 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 166 12.13 17.69
Air quality 178 55.71 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 49 65.99 53.83
Total bank deposits 74 1.08 1.37
Tax burden 110 76.35 70.55
Dependency ratio 117 61.01 61.29
Small business growth 30 86.75 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 145 27.65 29.07
Capital gains 163 25.26 31.31
Income growth 137 59.70 60.52
Reverse mortgages 168 21.70 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 88 53.09 46.02
Median rental price 55 80.32 70.18
Households with older adults 169 37.12 39.04
Nursing beds 53 70.46 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 22 91.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 19 29.78 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 108 13.57 14.8
Cost of assisted living 1 100.00 71.61
Nursing-home rating 15 54.55 22.29
Older adults in family homes 175 81.19 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 156 53.44 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 79 33.52 31.34
Employment growth 146 43.88 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 70 10.58 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 153 70.18 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 160 2.25 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 263 22.25 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 151 14.73 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 195 36.28 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 111 46.91 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 144 28.92 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 170 14.03 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 82 58.58 63.01
Number of public libraries 181 17.33 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 148 60.66 12.40
Funding for older adults 85 29.49 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 85 89.95 85.93
College enrollment 62 32.74 26.46