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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Topeka, KS
#135
OVERALL RANKING

Topeka, KS


SCORE: 66.40

#137
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.31
 
#127
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.04
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.51%
Population 65+:  36,392
Total Population:  234,668

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 164 80.44 81.58 -1.40 %
Health Care 83 54.89 50.15 9.45 %
Wellness 236 62.52 68.45 -8.66 %
Financial 190 78.23 81.09 -3.53 %
EducationEducation 93 60.13 71.18 1.50 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
79 77.38 71.18 8.71 %
Employment 160 47.68 51.56 -7.53 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
186 52.97 57.14 -7.30 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
34 61.07 51.89 17.69 %
(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 38 63.24 49.09
Crime Rate 217 31.45 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 219 77.54 80.67
Unemployment Rate 64 55.82 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 172 56.06 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 255 15.84 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 190 26.88 33.5
Number of hospital beds 53 40.32 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 218 62.50 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 9 51.94 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 173 12.21 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 74 32.55 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 115 15.54 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 86 37.50 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 58 12.50 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 190 8.99 13.35
Number of nurses 85 27.57 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 117 2.08 2.35
ER Wait Times 51 33.49 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 205 41.61 46.33
Smoking rate 147 10.93 13.69
Diabetes rate 158 38.97 41.83
Binge drinking 124 17.88 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 251 57.68 74.78
Caregivers 122 38.25 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 180 74.71 76.89
Depression 265 39.26 49.3
Physical activity 142 37.10 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 167 38.26 42.27
Fast-food outlets 119 35.27 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 87 20.39 17.69
Air quality 147 57.74 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 77 62.25 53.83
Total bank deposits 58 1.15 1.37
Tax burden 176 66.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 236 54.68 61.29
Small business growth 250 75.90 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 130 29.13 29.07
Capital gains 113 28.97 31.31
Income growth 226 57.51 60.52
Reverse mortgages 115 30.78 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 67 55.66 46.02
Median rental price 109 73.96 70.18
Households with older adults 132 38.56 39.04
Nursing beds 48 71.40 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 39 84.85 70.35
Home health-care service providers 143 11.36 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 57 21.09 14.8
Cost of assisted living 254 60.29 71.61
Nursing-home rating 176 16.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 203 80.23 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 102 58.81 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 184 18.59 31.34
Employment growth 190 42.66 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 81 9.41 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 84 76.12 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 118 2.93 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 205 31.99 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 217 9.72 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 160 40.91 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 155 41.98 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 90 30.99 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 185 12.78 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 11 79.66 63.01
Number of public libraries 80 28.27 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 73 72.62 12.40
Funding for older adults 50 31.27 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 23 94.40 85.93
College enrollment 198 18.09 26.46