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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Appleton, WI
#114
OVERALL RANKING

Appleton, WI


SCORE: 79.88

#137
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 79.73
 
#86
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.15
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.37%
Population 65+:  28,285
Total Population:  228,639

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 47 79.36 75.28 5.42 %
Health Care 94 44.48 42.45 4.78 %
Wellness 83 84.10 81.88 2.71 %
Financial 171 74.79 77.72 -3.77 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
119 70.85 69.85 1.43 %
Employment / Education 219 47.87 59.20 -19.14 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
129 63.85 64.90 -1.62 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
43 62.46 54.20 15.24 %
(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 72 59.86 52.43
Crime Rate 5 88.34 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 110 80.32 80.02
Unemployment Rate 62 47.31 41.03
Income Distribution 21 92.34 85.72
Weather 241 37.26 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 20 19.19 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 150 11.86 15.54
Number of hospital beds 222 17.41 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 185 53.99 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 41 46.95 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 42 51.64 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 25 27.64 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 252 .00 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 64 15.59 13.47
Number of psychologists 212 9.27 21.04
Number of nurses 154 20.74 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 45 47.85 35.67
ER Wait Times 26 42.86 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 56 94.14 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 145 47.93 50.43
Diabetes Rate 104 46.29 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 134 80.40 81.94
Number of Caregivers 244 46.93 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 34 86.92 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 10 69.35 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 46 72.72 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 239 40.24 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 38 35.60 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 43 67.72 55.90
Total bank deposits 91 1.32 1.72
Tax burden 198 59.96 72.59
Dependency Ratio 96 63.07 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 73 72.64 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 77 41.76 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 134 36.53 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 137 61.98 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 116 16.30 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 113 47.91 47.00
Median Rental Price 82 75.36 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 214 40.60 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 114 26.49 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 179 60.52 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 252 .24 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 48 23.59 15.92
Cost of assisted living 118 70.74 70.12
Nursing-home rating 33 52.99 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 102 85.78 84.74
Cost of adult day services 103 61.90 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 222 42.98 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 85 10.69 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 93 70.69 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 193 3.78 9.69
College Enrollment 190 19.54 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 59 77.84 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 105 8.51 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 210 58.70 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 117 15.50 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 217 44.53 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 14 95.53 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 187 34.31 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 57 20.97 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 22 86.57 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 131 21.37 25.07
Number of YMCAs 42 19.56 12.40
Funding for Seniors 130 23.51 25.37