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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Syracuse, NY
#20
OVERALL RANKING
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Syracuse, NY


SCORE: 74.17

#21
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.19
 
#29
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.31
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.45%
Population 65+:  95,518
Total Population:  660,946

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 71 84.85 87.83 -3.39 %
Health Care 60 61.38 62.09 -1.14 %
Wellness 38 73.25 72.07 1.64 %
Financial Security 19 91.94 88.25 4.18 %
Education 8 72.68 61.67 17.85 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
5 63.36 46.42 36.49 %
Employment 87 56.67 63.96 -11.40 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
81 62.20 69.42 -10.40 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
11 83.36 73.23 13.83 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Welcoming community

- Affordable cost of living with low income inequality
- Abundance of libraries and community colleges
- Good special-needs transportation and funding to support independent aging
- Amenities and jobs within walking range
- Letís play: many outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly golf
- Good air quality

Health care

- Many primary-care clinicians, diagnostic facilities
- Quality of care enhanced by medical schools

Needs Work


Weak economy

- Sluggish growth in employment and income
- Few banks per capita
- High tax burden

Wellness weakness

- Long waits in the ER
- Too few caregivers
- Many fatal falls
- High rates of smoking
- Few adults aging at home; expensive long-term care
- Poor nursing-home quality

Takeaway


A classic college town, Syracuse provides a wealth of educational opportunity for young people and older adults alike. This walkable upstate metro boasts quick driving commutes and many pedestrian commuters as well as abundant special-needs transportation solutions. Improved health care and living arrangements for older people could push this chilly city back toward its previous No. 13 spot.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 17 58.76 46.41
Crime rate 28 62.11 52.77
Internet access 73 78.74 83.51
Employment growth 100 80.27 86.82
Unemployment rate 64 58.44 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 98 50.06 65.13
Fatal car crashes 40 52.89 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 83 87.00 62.02
Primary-care physicians 61 54.93 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 3 79.34 45.49
Number of nurses 79 30.57 38.33
Number of hospital beds 44 38.25 37.22
Long-term hospitals 30 32.59 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 60 31.55 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 37 44.14 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 61 21.24 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 13 41.22 31.70
Dialysis centers 97 14.84 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 5 78.80 48.95
Physical therapists 34 63.70 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 60 57.52 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 93 62.50 83.71
Medical school affiliation 23 63.64 45.76
Magnet hospitals 36 15.00 14.40
ER wait times 89 25.75 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 53 68.52 70.79
Smoking rate 95 19.07 30.34
Diabetes rate 44 48.79 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 57 81.55 81.26
Caregivers 72 32.62 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 58 83.17 84.59
Depression 34 44.84 43.31
Physical activity 66 59.23 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 29 52.59 46.08
Fast-food outlets 96 51.22 61.73
Falls with injury 82 31.63 38.43
Binge drinking 19 47.37 40.64
Air quality 25 74.14 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 88 38.00 47.44
Total bank deposits 73 4.18 7.24
Tax burden 94 39.21 68.14
Dependency ratio 35 87.14 84.57
Growth of small businesses 44 86.60 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 40 61.09 58.57
Capital gains 2 89.97 49.15
Income growth 96 79.02 84.11
Reverse mortgages 18 27.29 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 14 57.92 44.17
Median rental price 21 81.83 69.47
Households with older adults 32 57.68 55.52
Nursing beds 35 69.43 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 94 38.78 64.62
Home health-care service providers 87 7.74 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 67 16.48 23.14
Cost of assisted living 85 70.24 80.63
Nursing-home rating 99 0.00 36.99
Older adults in family homes 92 78.04 84.60
Cost of adult day services 92 41.18 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 15 68.03 50.90
Commute times 7 90.61 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 6 80.73 38.41
Number of passenger trips 41 6.78 9.79
Public transport fare 74 9.09 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 86 55.44 67.65
Grocery stores 17 41.14 33.58
Special needs transportation 1 100.00 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 27 50.78 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 33 33.48 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 97 37.91 53.28
Number of public libraries 7 77.90 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 49 59.32 60.15
Funding for older adults 9 83.15 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 53 89.89 38.00
College enrollment 11 69.45 58.16
Number of community colleges 3 54.46 20.92
Number of universities 85 22.60 38.93