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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Tucson, AZ
#60
OVERALL RANKING

Tucson, AZ


SCORE: 71.53

#56
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.73
 
#56
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.24
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.56%
Population 65+:  164,292
Total Population:  992,395

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 4 98.50 87.83 12.15 %
Health Care 85 52.64 62.09 -15.22 %
Wellness 15 78.62 72.07 9.09 %
Financial Security 90 82.37 88.25 -6.66 %
Education 17 67.04 61.67 8.71 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
56 43.81 46.42 -5.62 %
Employment 93 55.35 63.96 -13.46 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
44 71.49 69.42 2.98 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
91 60.48 73.23 -17.41 %
(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 73 38.22 46.41
Crime rate 1 100.00 52.77
Internet access 25 89.56 83.51
Employment growth 86 82.21 86.82
Unemployment rate 70 57.48 64.06
Income distribution 55 85.11 86.33
Weather 12 82.03 65.13
Fatal car crashes 54 47.43 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 20 93.03 62.02
Primary-care physicians 81 49.11 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 78 33.13 45.49
Number of nurses 90 27.31 38.33
Number of hospital beds 64 32.53 37.22
Long-term hospitals 52 19.27 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 83 18.66 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 87 26.11 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 36 37.69 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 76 24.68 31.70
Dialysis centers 62 34.27 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 12 67.79 48.95
Physical therapists 97 26.92 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 70 55.17 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 22 93.33 83.71
Medical school affiliation 38 50.91 45.76
Magnet hospitals 61 8.00 14.40
ER wait times 56 32.66 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 18 78.85 70.79
Smoking rate 35 29.64 30.34
Diabetes rate 33 51.99 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 24 90.52 81.26
Caregivers 96 26.04 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 15 90.26 84.59
Depression 18 47.97 43.31
Physical activity 17 80.07 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 32 51.98 46.08
Fast-food outlets 8 71.75 61.73
Falls with injury 51 36.70 38.43
Binge drinking 44 40.34 40.64
Air quality 8 90.28 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 83 39.29 47.44
Total bank deposits 88 3.19 7.24
Tax burden 14 83.72 68.14
Dependency ratio 88 77.44 84.57
Growth of small businesses 95 81.27 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 69 53.53 58.57
Capital gains 55 39.52 49.15
Income growth 97 78.82 84.11
Reverse mortgages 83 3.37 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 55 42.57 44.17
Median rental price 28 76.90 69.47
Households with older adults 12 65.79 55.52
Nursing beds 96 29.49 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 27 72.92 64.62
Home health-care service providers 82 8.36 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 6 44.27 23.14
Cost of assisted living 40 84.26 80.63
Nursing-home rating 55 33.70 36.99
Older adults in family homes 49 84.66 84.60
Cost of adult day services 82 43.75 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 55 46.49 50.90
Commute times 46 79.75 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 36 40.86 38.41
Number of passenger trips 37 7.68 9.79
Public transport fare 11 20.00 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 42 70.05 67.65
Grocery stores 96 19.33 33.58
Special needs transportation 29 35.94 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 10 59.23 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 82 21.31 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 80 43.77 53.28
Number of public libraries 88 27.18 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 93 31.70 60.15
Funding for older adults 99 69.15 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 23 93.23 38.00
College enrollment 6 71.59 58.16
Number of community colleges 33 22.43 20.92
Number of universities 53 37.24 38.93