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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Watertown-Fort Drum, NY
#156
OVERALL RANKING

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY


SCORE: 65.37

#153
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.61
 
#191
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.77
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.21%
Population 65+:  14,530
Total Population:  118,960

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 184 79.94 81.58 -2.01 %
Health Care 218 42.69 50.15 -14.88 %
Wellness 105 69.29 68.45 1.23 %
Financial 243 74.16 81.09 -8.55 %
EducationEducation 182 56.18 71.18 -5.17 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
264 54.91 71.18 -22.86 %
Employment 152 48.00 51.56 -6.90 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
7 81.98 57.14 43.47 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
25 65.51 51.89 26.25 %
(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 118 51.72 49.09
Crime Rate 48 55.26 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 257 75.23 80.67
Unemployment Rate 229 35.13 46.80
Income Distribution 8 92.68 84.25
Weather 258 49.53 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 36 44.34 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 225 23.74 33.5
Number of hospital beds 158 24.80 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 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 44 41.42 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 143 11.45 13.35
Number of nurses 149 22.28 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 104 2.18 2.35
ER Wait Times 138 22.73 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 83 48.36 46.33
Smoking rate 220 9.12 13.69
Diabetes rate 93 44.42 41.83
Binge drinking 100 19.49 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 125 78.71 74.78
Caregivers 109 39.42 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 157 75.51 76.89
Depression 86 52.09 49.3
Physical activity 218 31.99 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 280 7.52 42.27
Fast-food outlets 255 27.90 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 4 72.15 17.69
Air quality 77 66.27 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 264 33.93 53.83
Total bank deposits 231 0.66 1.37
Tax burden 274 39.21 70.55
Dependency ratio 81 63.61 61.29
Small business growth 87 82.63 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 32 38.23 29.07
Capital gains 5 63.51 31.31
Income growth 251 56.87 60.52
Reverse mortgages 205 15.20 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 162 42.55 46.02
Median rental price 243 57.94 70.18
Households with older adults 248 30.65 39.04
Nursing beds 121 51.70 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 272 38.78 70.35
Home health-care service providers 259 3.77 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 226 7.20 14.8
Cost of assisted living 247 61.59 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 228 79.32 82.84
Cost of adult day services 246 41.18 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 149 54.08 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 152 22.18 31.34
Employment growth 123 44.59 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 68 10.91 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 36 82.70 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 227 0.90 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 127 38.12 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 15 43.93 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 9 82.92 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 26 61.73 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 239 23.02 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 77 20.58 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 270 38.28 63.01
Number of public libraries 1 100.00 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 130 62.69 12.40
Funding for older adults 41 31.58 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 152 86.42 85.93
College enrollment 180 19.08 26.46