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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bowling Green, KY
#48
OVERALL RANKING

Bowling Green, KY


SCORE: 84.08

#36
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 86.06
 
#51
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 84.20
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.92%
Population 65+:  20,938
Total Population:  162,087

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 123 75.03 75.28 -.33 %
Health Care 78 47.37 42.45 11.59 %
Wellness 148 80.02 81.88 -2.27 %
Financial 5 90.52 77.72 16.47 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
125 70.30 69.85 0.64 %
Employment / Education 77 62.99 59.20 6.40 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
41 70.04 64.90 7.92 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
211 45.12 54.20 -16.75 %
(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 169 45.83 52.43
Crime Rate 59 57.01 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 59 82.74 80.02
Unemployment Rate 98 41.86 41.03
Income Distribution 79 88.24 85.72
Weather 133 46.86 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 190 7.69 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 161 11.21 15.54
Number of hospital beds 37 50.68 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 66.67 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 60 68.97 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 19 46.34 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 56 43.12 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 34 53.43 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 252 .00 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 119 11.82 13.47
Number of psychologists 188 12.77 21.04
Number of nurses 92 25.28 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 129 32.84 35.67
ER Wait Times 148 23.08 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 184 89.10 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 131 49.21 50.43
Diabetes Rate 167 41.35 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 29 89.48 81.94
Number of Caregivers 8 87.57 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 165 79.38 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 194 29.89 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 48 72.50 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 217 59.69 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 118 19.54 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 150 52.82 55.90
Total bank deposits 127 1.19 1.72
Tax burden 32 86.72 72.59
Dependency Ratio 37 72.06 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 21 75.11 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 177 28.71 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 206 28.97 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 79 64.13 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 3 89.40 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 117 47.64 47.00
Median Rental Price 37 80.71 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 216 40.41 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 125 25.17 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 108 73.06 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 218 2.79 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 220 6.37 15.92
Cost of assisted living 21 83.33 70.12
Nursing-home rating 193 20.51 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 126 84.71 84.74
Cost of adult day services 139 57.35 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 114 59.30 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 95 9.64 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 57 72.62 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 168 4.49 9.69
College Enrollment 38 42.01 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 37 79.89 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 247 1.01 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 21 72.94 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 75 20.21 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 95 57.26 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 1 100.00 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 172 35.82 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 104 16.50 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 220 47.13 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 76 29.42 25.07
Number of YMCAs 252 .00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 77 23.76 25.37