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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Billings, MT
#18
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Billings, MT


SCORE: 88.11

#26
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 88.88
 
#30
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 85.64
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.12%
Population 65+:  24,631
Total Population:  162,866

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 87 76.34 75.28 1.41 %
Health Care 24 56.79 42.45 33.78 %
Wellness 81 84.15 81.88 2.77 %
Financial 41 83.05 77.72 6.86 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
149 68.18 69.85 -2.39 %
Employment / Education 28 75.90 59.20 28.21 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
171 61.86 64.90 -4.68 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
5 88.45 54.20 63.19 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Employment opportunities and services for mature residents

  • One of the lowest older-adult unemployment rates.
  • Investment by state government in community services and programs oriented to aging residents.
  • Plenty of recreational activities and facilities.

Quality health care

  • Hospitals that provide geriatric and hospice services.
  • Hospitals recognized for nursing excellence and Magnet accreditation.
  • Waiting time in the ER: relatively short.
  • Affordable hospitals, low per-day inpatient cost.

Needs Work:


Accessibility, convenience, and cost

  • Low ridership on public transportation.
  • Too few grocery stores and other conveniences. Locations too far from older residents.
  • High cost for adult day services.
  • Few nursing homes with five-star rating.

Take Away:


Not far from Yellowstone National Park, Billings features stunning Big Sky Country landscapes and an oil-fueled economy. Health-care systems are prepping for an aging population, but limited use of public transportation translates to limited mobility and access.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 125 52.74 52.43
Crime Rate 171 39.10 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 65 82.38 80.02
Unemployment Rate 11 67.51 41.03
Income Distribution 65 89.28 85.72
Weather 192 41.23 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 203 7.11 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 33 20.04 15.54
Number of hospital beds 93 35.85 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 143 75.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 7 87.33 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 22 59.33 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 53 49.20 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 17 42.37 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 27 20.74 13.47
Number of psychologists 121 19.49 21.04
Number of nurses 46 30.37 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 59 45.19 35.67
ER Wait Times 29 41.67 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 162 90.05 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 70 53.23 50.43
Diabetes Rate 55 52.80 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 65 85.78 81.94
Number of Caregivers 193 63.87 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 116 81.78 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 14 64.91 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 188 56.86 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 231 55.15 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 56 29.98 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 23 73.45 55.90
Total bank deposits 16 1.99 1.72
Tax burden 43 84.99 72.59
Dependency Ratio 152 59.94 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 43 73.86 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 80 41.62 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 67 53.68 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 76 64.29 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 239 4.42 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 158 42.47 47.00
Median Rental Price 87 74.82 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 152 47.49 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 54 37.36 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 87 75.81 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 153 5.32 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 43 24.92 15.92
Cost of assisted living 40 80.40 70.12
Nursing-home rating 193 20.51 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 153 83.61 84.74
Cost of adult day services 240 37.86 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 50 68.71 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 3 68.43 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 62 72.45 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 118 6.27 9.69
College Enrollment 241 14.96 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 109 72.25 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 155 5.81 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 49 68.27 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 61 23.23 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 193 47.58 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 177 80.60 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 90 41.94 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 2 84.89 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 36 75.93 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 194 14.69 25.07
Number of YMCAs 145 8.28 12.40
Funding for Seniors 10 33.82 25.37