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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Toledo, OH
#13
OVERALL RANKING
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Toledo, OH


SCORE: 75.37

#13
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 75.15
 
#12
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 75.14
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.75%
Population 65+:  83,681
Total Population:  608,481

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 12 93.34 87.83 6.27 %
Health Care 20 69.51 62.09 11.95 %
Wellness 99 63.54 72.07 -11.84 %
Financial Security 35 90.00 88.25 1.98 %
Education 10 71.75 61.67 16.35 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
39 47.11 46.42 1.49 %
Employment 79 57.65 63.96 -9.87 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
2 82.80 69.42 19.27 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
14 81.89 73.23 11.83 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Easy on the wallet

- Affordable living, with few reverse mortgages
- Cost-effective options for long-term care
- Reasonable transit fares, although ridership is low

Community feel

- Bountiful recreation options: golf courses, marinas, bowling alleys
- Many community colleges and strong enrollment
- Many libraries; high levels of volunteerism
- Good investment in transit for older adults
- Safety: low crime rate

Health-care access

- Joint Commission accreditation for all hospitals
- Many geriatric and rehab facilities, nursing-home beds, and home health-care providers

Needs Work


Economy

- Struggling, manufacturing-heavy economy
- Low growth in small business and employment
- Small paychecks; large rich-poor gap

Wellness weakness

- Too few grocery stores; overkill in fast food
- Few older adults living at home
- Couch potatoes: low physical activity rates, high obesity rates

Takeaway


The struggling regional economy dropped Toledo from No. 8 in “Best Cities” 2014. But this Lake Erie metro scores for affordable living, strong community feel, and engagement options for older residents. Still, people here are among the nation’s least healthy, and the health-care system must meet aging population needs more effectively.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 2 87.42 46.41
Crime rate 12 72.27 52.77
Internet access 74 78.71 83.51
Employment growth 54 85.34 86.82
Unemployment rate 46 62.62 64.06
Income distribution 87 81.63 86.33
Weather 88 52.64 65.13
Fatal car crashes 71 37.64 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 79 87.73 62.02
Primary-care physicians 47 58.00 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 68 39.21 45.49
Number of nurses 13 48.66 38.33
Number of hospital beds 8 49.60 37.22
Long-term hospitals 21 36.95 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 14 59.63 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 8 75.08 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 85 0.00 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 30 34.98 31.70
Dialysis centers 14 60.51 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 61 43.75 48.95
Physical therapists 50 54.10 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 74 53.86 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 14 72.73 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 38 42.21 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 100 57.28 70.79
Smoking rate 93 19.22 30.34
Diabetes rate 89 38.32 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 65 79.70 81.26
Caregivers 45 38.73 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 96 78.32 84.59
Depression 82 37.10 43.31
Physical activity 86 53.38 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 56 44.12 46.08
Fast-food outlets 95 51.43 61.73
Falls with injury 69 33.57 38.43
Binge drinking 86 31.55 40.64
Air quality 82 57.12 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 63 44.91 47.44
Total bank deposits 81 3.75 7.24
Tax burden 51 69.88 68.14
Dependency ratio 44 85.52 84.57
Growth of small businesses 98 80.21 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 43 59.86 58.57
Capital gains 93 27.88 49.15
Income growth 70 81.42 84.11
Reverse mortgages 2 63.70 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 4 89.57 44.17
Median rental price 3 92.19 69.47
Households with older adults 55 53.51 55.52
Nursing beds 3 99.02 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 42 66.67 64.62
Home health-care service providers 19 17.94 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 64 17.24 23.14
Cost of assisted living 72 74.04 80.63
Nursing-home rating 49 35.35 36.99
Older adults in family homes 90 78.27 84.60
Cost of adult day services 14 63.64 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 45 51.02 50.90
Commute times 2 96.50 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 38 40.43 38.41
Number of passenger trips 77 2.38 9.79
Public transport fare 17 16.67 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 9 83.37 67.65
Grocery stores 70 28.37 33.58
Special needs transportation 71 20.71 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 33 48.62 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 77 22.30 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 23 57.81 53.28
Number of public libraries 12 66.35 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 35 70.14 60.15
Funding for older adults 31 78.16 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 43 90.75 38.00
College enrollment 9 69.92 58.16
Number of community colleges 4 51.97 20.92
Number of universities 92 20.54 38.93