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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Burlington-South Burlington, VT
#23
OVERALL RANKING

Burlington-South Burlington, VT


SCORE: 86.48

#28
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 88.55
 
#38
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 84.92
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.53%
Population 65+:  26,778
Total Population:  213,721

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 166 73.24 75.28 -2.71 %
Health Care 43 53.62 42.45 26.31 %
Wellness 12 92.15 81.88 12.54 %
Financial 95 79.07 77.72 1.74 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
249 50.39 69.85 -27.86 %
Employment / Education 35 74.26 59.20 25.44 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
9 80.04 64.90 23.33 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
10 77.77 54.20 43.49 %
(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 243 29.61 52.43
Crime Rate 124 46.48 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 38 84.03 80.02
Unemployment Rate 8 70.78 41.03
Income Distribution 68 88.89 85.72
Weather 243 37.18 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 29 17.94 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 10 40.94 15.54
Number of hospital beds 189 22.13 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 67 67.74 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 157 16.62 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 235 13.72 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 22 29.43 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 107 17.96 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 7 40.59 13.47
Number of psychologists 51 29.55 21.04
Number of nurses 28 33.63 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 2 96.31 35.67
ER Wait Times 64 33.33 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 232 84.30 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 23 61.63 50.43
Diabetes Rate 11 65.89 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 47 87.30 81.94
Number of Caregivers 190 65.57 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 93 82.72 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 23 61.83 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 56 71.70 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 190 63.68 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 7 51.38 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 62 65.06 55.90
Total bank deposits 37 1.67 1.72
Tax burden 174 63.20 72.59
Dependency Ratio 23 77.92 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 120 70.88 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 65 43.51 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 66 56.36 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 87 63.78 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 232 5.13 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 243 20.95 47.00
Median Rental Price 229 53.92 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 201 42.09 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 152 22.37 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 224 53.01 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 60 11.47 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 112 13.95 15.92
Cost of assisted living 239 49.67 70.12
Nursing-home rating 94 35.90 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 203 80.18 84.74
Cost of adult day services 252 27.66 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 27 74.31 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 21 30.30 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 133 69.33 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 148 5.11 9.69
College Enrollment 47 39.65 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 177 66.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 36 18.37 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 6 80.88 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 10 41.07 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 14 73.36 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 53 90.52 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 184 34.75 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 60 20.69 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 32 81.05 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 3 74.27 25.07
Number of YMCAs 35 20.79 12.40
Funding for Seniors 5 54.38 25.37