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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Casper, WY
#20
OVERALL RANKING
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Casper, WY


SCORE: 87.37

#16
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.73
 
#37
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 84.95
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.61%
Population 65+:  9,921
Total Population:  78,665

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 30 81.26 75.28 7.94 %
Health Care 66 48.69 42.45 14.70 %
Wellness 98 83.14 81.88 1.54 %
Financial 9 87.94 77.72 13.15 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
192 63.84 69.85 -8.60 %
Employment / Education 10 83.05 59.20 40.29 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
228 57.64 64.90 -11.19 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
21 70.14 54.20 29.41 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Economic resurgence, stable financial base

  • High proportion of employed older residents, and low unemployment overall.
  • Financial security: income growth steady for past five years.
  • Stable financial base. High bank deposits.

Public support, affordable living options

  • Strong state investment in community services and public transportation.
  • Cost of living among the lowest for small metros.

Needs Work:


Shortcomings in transportation and health services

  • Weak ridership on public transit despite state investment.
  • Lack of grocery stores and conveniences near older people's residences.
  • Few top-rated nursing homes.
  • High cost for nursing rooms, assisted living, and adult day services.

Take Away:


Poised for strong job growth and powered by the energy industry, Casper is making a strong comeback economically. Many adults 65 and older are employed. Access to transportation and conveniences needs to improve, along with health care for older residents.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 10 75.59 52.43
Crime Rate 123 46.51 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 23 85.61 80.02
Unemployment Rate 20 60.76 41.03
Income Distribution 46 90.59 85.72
Weather 184 42.29 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 167 8.59 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 60 16.50 15.54
Number of hospital beds 39 50.56 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 143 75.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 1 100.00 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 48 45.01 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 104 37.15 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 63 15.70 13.47
Number of psychologists 33 35.55 21.04
Number of nurses 65 27.93 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 109 35.86 35.67
ER Wait Times 120 26.32 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 112 92.00 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 54 54.55 50.43
Diabetes Rate 36 55.52 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 59 86.66 81.94
Number of Caregivers 162 67.57 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 164 79.42 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 34 55.99 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 171 58.24 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 226 56.24 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 83 24.53 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 66 64.84 55.90
Total bank deposits 17 1.97 1.72
Tax burden 143 70.54 72.59
Dependency Ratio 79 64.59 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 41 73.94 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 110 37.69 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 1 100.00 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 26 67.53 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 210 7.20 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 145 43.96 47.00
Median Rental Price 171 64.97 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 208 40.78 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 24 44.43 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 118 70.85 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 204 3.26 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 89 16.14 15.92
Cost of assisted living 144 67.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 192 81.28 84.74
Cost of adult day services 197 48.75 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 2 97.07 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 14 35.62 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 32 74.09 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 26 21.32 9.69
College Enrollment 212 17.73 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 26 82.07 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 198 3.64 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 3 89.40 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 173 11.92 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 190 48.11 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 251 63.53 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 180 34.98 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 51 21.54 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 64 69.47 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 124 22.34 25.07
Number of YMCAs 46 18.77 12.40
Funding for Seniors 3 70.90 25.37