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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bismarck, ND
#4
OVERALL RANKING

Bismarck, ND


SCORE: 92.74

#4
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 94.26
 
#7
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 90.86
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.95%
Population 65+:  16,748
Total Population:  120,085

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 11 84.52 75.28 12.27 %
Health Care 10 64.15 42.45 51.12 %
Wellness 49 85.88 81.88 4.89 %
Financial 11 87.75 77.72 12.91 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
127 70.07 69.85 0.31 %
Employment / Education 5 84.94 59.20 43.48 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
140 62.95 64.90 -3.00 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
19 70.25 54.20 29.61 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Booming economy and solid financial base

  • Lowest unemployment among small metro areas and one of the strongest economies.
  • Strong employment opportunity for older adults: high growth in leisure and hospitality industries.
  • Among the top small cities for income growth over the last five years.
  • Lots of banks and financial institutions, and high deposit rates: potentially helping secure the financial future for older people.

Quality, efficient health care

  • Large cohort of health-care professionals, such as nurses and physical therapists.
  • Excellent quality of care, with med school-affiliated hospitals and highly rated nursing homes.
  • Efficiency: Shorter ER waits than the average small metro.

Needs Work:


Transit hitch, inconvenience issues

  • Get on board: state invests in public transportation, but low ridership.
  • Few grocery stores and other conveniences: poor access for older people.

Housing affordability and shortage of health providers

  • Pricey housing. Among cities with highest cost for adult day services.
  • Shortage of home health-care services and caregivers.

Take Away:


Enjoying North Dakota's oil boom, the capital region has seen service-sector growth. Low unemployment and robust economic opportunity bode well for encore careers. Lack of specialty care hospitals dents the appeal.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 206 40.55 52.43
Crime Rate 75 54.03 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 3 91.57 80.02
Unemployment Rate 1 100.00 41.03
Income Distribution 34 91.22 85.72
Weather 240 37.62 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 91 11.91 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 42 18.99 15.54
Number of hospital beds 66 43.70 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 143 75.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 42 79.77 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 25 55.90 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 65 46.26 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 7 60.09 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 18 75.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 48 16.73 13.47
Number of psychologists 147 16.54 21.04
Number of nurses 9 47.59 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 21 56.99 35.67
ER Wait Times 26 42.86 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 140 90.91 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 76 52.76 50.43
Diabetes Rate 27 57.92 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 252 70.17 81.94
Number of Caregivers 243 54.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 39 86.28 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 115 40.35 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 16 84.53 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 35 92.80 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 163 15.08 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 7 83.94 55.90
Total bank deposits 13 2.03 1.72
Tax burden 160 70.33 72.59
Dependency Ratio 80 64.48 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 6 78.04 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 28 50.43 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 30 61.77 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 3 76.76 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 202 8.20 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 229 29.33 47.00
Median Rental Price 56 78.53 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 194 43.20 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 46 38.94 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 37 93.38 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 222 2.54 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 128 12.75 15.92
Cost of assisted living 5 89.99 70.12
Nursing-home rating 91 38.23 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 233 77.55 84.74
Cost of adult day services 234 40.63 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 3 97.04 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 28 24.55 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 9 79.99 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 12 29.41 9.69
College Enrollment 127 23.63 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 74 75.50 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 200 3.61 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 5 84.17 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 137 14.30 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 120 54.78 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 201 78.78 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 141 38.68 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 34 26.70 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 35 76.35 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 113 24.24 25.07
Number of YMCAs 96 11.68 12.40
Funding for Seniors 6 53.16 25.37