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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Worcester, MA-CT
#68
OVERALL RANKING

Worcester, MA-CT


SCORE: 70.99

#68
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.95
 
#77
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.22
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.46%
Population 65+:  124,221
Total Population:  923,228

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 75 84.17 87.83 -4.17 %
Health Care 59 61.46 62.09 -1.01 %
Wellness 41 72.90 72.07 1.15 %
Financial Security 80 83.96 88.25 -4.86 %
Education 75 57.14 61.67 -7.35 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
33 49.31 46.42 6.23 %
Employment 53 61.66 63.96 -3.60 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
87 59.65 69.42 -14.07 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
6 89.84 73.23 22.68 %
(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 77 37.19 46.41
Crime rate 17 69.39 52.77
Internet access 46 84.19 83.51
Employment growth 64 84.78 86.82
Unemployment rate 62 58.66 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 87 52.66 65.13
Fatal car crashes 28 60.51 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 85 86.92 62.02
Primary-care physicians 17 69.42 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 28 54.64 45.49
Number of nurses 84 30.16 38.33
Number of hospital beds 87 26.73 37.22
Long-term hospitals 35 24.83 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 76 24.04 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 50 39.24 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 3 40.17 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 23 48.57 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 60 29.83 31.70
Dialysis centers 96 15.71 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 80 35.06 48.95
Physical therapists 57 51.61 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 82 50.79 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 54 85.71 83.71
Medical school affiliation 1 100.00 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 90 25.45 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 48 69.61 70.79
Smoking rate 53 25.14 30.34
Diabetes rate 52 47.04 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 7 96.80 81.26
Caregivers 77 31.56 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 56 83.21 84.59
Depression 81 37.12 43.31
Physical activity 41 65.13 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 19 55.54 46.08
Fast-food outlets 36 63.26 61.73
Falls with injury 26 40.93 38.43
Binge drinking 87 31.54 40.64
Air quality 27 73.26 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 93 34.15 47.44
Total bank deposits 77 4.03 7.24
Tax burden 92 44.76 68.14
Dependency ratio 21 90.55 84.57
Growth of small businesses 87 82.13 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 73 52.69 58.57
Capital gains 19 71.26 49.15
Income growth 78 81.07 84.11
Reverse mortgages 57 9.78 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 79 32.69 44.17
Median rental price 58 67.17 69.47
Households with older adults 44 55.26 55.52
Nursing beds 2 99.24 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 93 39.01 64.62
Home health-care service providers 23 16.94 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 87 12.92 23.14
Cost of assisted living 97 53.99 80.63
Nursing-home rating 56 33.38 36.99
Older adults in family homes 83 80.20 84.60
Cost of adult day services 60 52.54 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 25 63.50 50.90
Commute times 82 69.93 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 28 46.15 38.41
Number of passenger trips 81 1.94 9.79
Public transport fare 15 17.20 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 96 47.69 67.65
Grocery stores 56 31.31 33.58
Special needs transportation 3 72.86 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 44 47.24 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 81 21.59 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 53 50.52 53.28
Number of public libraries 1 100.00 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 54 56.42 60.15
Funding for older adults 19 80.65 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 63 89.14 38.00
College enrollment 39 60.39 58.16
Number of community colleges 99 4.83 20.92
Number of universities 45 40.13 38.93