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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Ann Arbor, MI
#8
OVERALL RANKING
Mayors Pledge

Ann Arbor, MI


SCORE: 90.33

#10
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 91.00
 
#8
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 90.07
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.05%
Population 65+:  38,797
Total Population:  351,146

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 159 73.51 75.28 -2.35 %
Health Care 4 84.96 42.45 100.14 %
Wellness 58 85.29 81.88 4.16 %
Financial 140 76.61 77.72 -1.43 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
204 61.75 69.85 -11.60 %
Employment / Education 39 73.88 59.20 24.80 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
7 82.13 64.90 26.55 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
137 50.97 54.20 -5.96 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Quality health care and smart lifestyles

  • Large pool of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and psychologists.
  • Thumbs up from the JCAHO for all hospitals. Several med school-affiliated hospitals.
  • Hospitals with specialty-care units for Alzheimer's and hospice needs.
  • Sufficient numbers of fitness facilities.
  • Slimming down: low obesity rates.

Good mix of transportation options

  • One of the top rates of public transportation use among small metro areas.
  • Many walk-to-work commuters.

Needs Work:


Affordability

  • Sticker shock: high house prices and apartment rents.
  • Expensive assisted living and adult day services.

Income disparity and financial woes

  • Worsening income inequality.
  • Persistent sluggish growth in income.
  • High tax burden.

Take Away:


A Big Ten college town, courtesy of powerhouse University of Michigan, Ann Arbor provides ample opportunity for intellectual pursuits, along with quality health services and excellent transportation. Affordability and income inequality test its appeal for older people.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 168 45.91 52.43
Crime Rate 71 54.89 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 65 82.38 80.02
Unemployment Rate 38 52.20 41.03
Income Distribution 218 80.19 85.72
Weather 203 40.09 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 32 17.42 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 3 82.17 15.54
Number of hospital beds 31 53.03 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 134 55.44 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 53 43.43 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 71 44.66 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 15 37.54 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 28 35.37 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 22 71.43 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 5 46.46 13.47
Number of psychologists 12 47.23 21.04
Number of nurses 2 67.70 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 4 79.88 35.67
ER Wait Times 49 36.29 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 205 87.83 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 24 61.53 50.43
Diabetes Rate 87 48.83 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 112 82.79 81.94
Number of Caregivers 80 74.38 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 40 86.13 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 42 53.94 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 152 59.83 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 197 62.01 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 86 23.98 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 132 54.65 55.90
Total bank deposits 52 1.51 1.72
Tax burden 110 74.94 72.59
Dependency Ratio 14 83.30 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 130 70.67 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 41 47.28 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 242 21.27 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 217 59.06 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 121 15.58 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 203 35.55 47.00
Median Rental Price 208 58.57 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 225 38.18 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 187 16.78 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 167 61.04 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 28 17.03 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 75 17.20 15.92
Cost of assisted living 133 68.86 70.12
Nursing-home rating 38 51.28 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 199 80.55 84.74
Cost of adult day services 199 48.15 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 58 67.56 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 147 6.49 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 106 70.26 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 79 9.32 9.69
College Enrollment 17 65.02 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 164 67.11 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 7 59.79 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 116 63.39 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 9 42.11 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 99 56.71 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 123 85.83 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 223 30.64 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 45 22.39 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 121 61.75 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 141 20.25 25.07
Number of YMCAs 188 4.51 12.40
Funding for Seniors 106 23.66 25.37