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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Boulder, CO
#26
OVERALL RANKING

Boulder, CO


SCORE: 86.22

#24
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.02
 
#69
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 83.11
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.07%
Population 65+:  33,802
Total Population:  305,297

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 181 72.10 75.28 -4.22 %
Health Care 83 46.00 42.45 8.36 %
Wellness 3 98.84 81.88 20.71 %
Financial 21 84.92 77.72 9.26 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
235 54.57 69.85 -21.88 %
Employment / Education 26 76.73 59.20 29.61 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
39 70.15 64.90 8.09 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
60 58.59 54.20 8.10 %
(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 248 23.53 52.43
Crime Rate 48 58.97 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 50 83.28 80.02
Unemployment Rate 51 48.90 41.03
Income Distribution 215 80.47 85.72
Weather 150 44.97 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 53 14.49 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 16 25.80 15.54
Number of hospital beds 176 25.10 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 214 48.22 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 177 12.47 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 145 30.78 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 124 13.54 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 127 20.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 12 28.55 13.47
Number of psychologists 28 37.00 21.04
Number of nurses 99 24.91 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 3 96.26 35.67
ER Wait Times 46 37.04 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 168 89.80 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 2 96.99 50.43
Diabetes Rate 3 83.08 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 10 94.96 81.94
Number of Caregivers 206 62.97 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 16 88.35 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 3 80.79 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 233 51.41 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 93 77.11 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 193 12.62 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 3 91.49 55.90
Total bank deposits 28 1.77 1.72
Tax burden 169 63.97 72.59
Dependency Ratio 17 81.66 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 52 73.58 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 30 49.03 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 23 68.03 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 194 60.05 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 238 4.49 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 249 14.64 47.00
Median Rental Price 241 48.34 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 237 36.50 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 212 14.08 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 146 65.89 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 135 6.20 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 68 18.95 15.92
Cost of assisted living 165 66.32 70.12
Nursing-home rating 94 35.90 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 173 82.67 84.74
Cost of adult day services 112 60.94 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 9 81.80 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 66 12.83 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 72 72.07 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 131 5.72 9.69
College Enrollment 27 50.19 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 162 67.41 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 97 9.45 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 234 57.55 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 21 31.65 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 77 59.32 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 28 93.38 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 221 30.70 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 26 32.30 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 41 73.25 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 203 13.95 25.07
Number of YMCAs 179 5.18 12.40
Funding for Seniors 193 23.31 25.37