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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
#42
OVERALL RANKING

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA


SCORE: 70.77

#42
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.61
 
#42
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.98
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.17%
Population 65+:  25,559
Total Population:  168,536

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 122 81.83 81.58 0.31 %
Health Care 57 57.85 50.15 15.35 %
Wellness 210 64.05 68.45 -6.43 %
Financial 22 89.17 81.09 9.96 %
EducationEducation 44 66.16 71.18 11.68 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
77 77.49 71.18 8.86 %
Employment 183 46.00 51.56 -10.78 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
58 64.55 57.14 12.97 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
22 66.50 51.89 28.16 %
(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 88 55.72 49.09
Crime Rate 131 41.78 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 193 78.58 80.67
Unemployment Rate 68 55.42 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 259 49.47 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 24 50.72 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 87 37.18 33.5
Number of hospital beds 128 28.63 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 191 66.67 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 150 17.32 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 31 46.19 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 7 66.18 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 43 16.67 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 201 8.21 13.35
Number of nurses 47 31.10 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 115 2.10 2.35
ER Wait Times 75 30.35 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 150 44.19 46.33
Smoking rate 70 15.18 13.69
Diabetes rate 114 42.66 41.83
Binge drinking 242 12.23 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 263 45.76 74.78
Caregivers 112 38.98 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 80 79.06 76.89
Depression 139 48.21 49.3
Physical activity 151 36.45 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 103 47.32 42.27
Fast-food outlets 33 41.97 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 42 26.63 17.69
Air quality 187 55.16 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 52 65.79 53.83
Total bank deposits 96 1.01 1.37
Tax burden 164 67.92 70.55
Dependency ratio 84 62.96 61.29
Small business growth 66 83.64 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 13 49.08 29.07
Capital gains 215 22.39 31.31
Income growth 186 58.57 60.52
Reverse mortgages 18 55.01 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 120 48.46 46.02
Median rental price 72 77.93 70.18
Households with older adults 143 38.13 39.04
Nursing beds 24 79.30 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 42 80.00 70.35
Home health-care service providers 139 11.42 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 232 6.85 14.8
Cost of assisted living 116 72.14 71.61
Nursing-home rating 206 10.53 22.29
Older adults in family homes 260 76.95 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 173 51.48 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 171 20.04 31.34
Employment growth 9 53.38 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 236 2.69 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 5 95.03 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 186 1.63 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 212 30.87 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 47 28.11 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 78 51.01 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 131 44.44 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 123 29.60 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 54 24.04 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 35 71.53 63.01
Number of public libraries 26 42.40 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 45 77.78 12.40
Funding for older adults 18 32.45 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 58 91.71 85.93
College enrollment 53 34.76 26.46