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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Wausau, WI
#77
OVERALL RANKING

Wausau, WI


SCORE: 68.50

#87
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.11
 
#61
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.91
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.02%
Population 65+:  20,225
Total Population:  134,681

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 15 89.53 81.58 9.75 %
Health Care 44 59.04 50.15 17.73 %
Wellness 172 65.65 68.45 -4.09 %
Financial 149 80.56 81.09 -.65 %
EducationEducation 178 56.27 71.18 -5.01 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
107 74.25 71.18 4.31 %
Employment 243 40.61 51.56 -21.24 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
109 57.44 57.14 0.53 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
58 56.13 51.89 8.17 %
(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 65 58.54 49.09
Crime Rate 6 82.39 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 130 80.78 80.67
Unemployment Rate 53 58.02 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 273 47.15 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 33 44.93 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 79 37.95 33.5
Number of hospital beds 82 33.67 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 40 43.72 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 92 29.15 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 12 43.72 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 65 27.84 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 15 33.33 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 47 17.14 13.35
Number of nurses 100 25.98 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 107 2.16 2.35
ER Wait Times 51 33.49 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 126 45.77 46.33
Smoking rate 80 14.26 13.69
Diabetes rate 85 44.99 41.83
Binge drinking 272 9.70 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 236 61.66 74.78
Caregivers 216 30.21 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 123 77.20 76.89
Depression 191 44.72 49.3
Physical activity 109 39.55 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 109 46.17 42.27
Fast-food outlets 40 41.18 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 44 26.37 17.69
Air quality 109 61.80 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 67 63.58 53.83
Total bank deposits 50 1.20 1.37
Tax burden 222 57.92 70.55
Dependency ratio 171 58.44 61.29
Small business growth 261 75.18 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 3 64.68 29.07
Capital gains 149 26.12 31.31
Income growth 213 57.83 60.52
Reverse mortgages 99 32.74 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 108 50.25 46.02
Median rental price 35 83.11 70.18
Households with older adults 183 36.55 39.04
Nursing beds 77 60.52 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 195 56.68 70.35
Home health-care service providers 186 8.67 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 9 41.15 14.8
Cost of assisted living 227 63.44 71.61
Nursing-home rating 203 11.11 22.29
Older adults in family homes 78 85.06 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 183 50.57 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 232 14.02 31.34
Employment growth 163 43.42 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 229 2.94 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 84 76.12 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 130 2.69 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 160 36.37 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 205 10.70 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 123 44.59 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 82 49.38 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 112 30.03 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 164 14.29 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 28 72.17 63.01
Number of public libraries 105 25.15 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 126 63.53 12.40
Funding for older adults 130 28.75 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 130 87.67 85.93
College enrollment 201 17.75 26.46