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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Cheyenne, WY
#9
OVERALL RANKING

Cheyenne, WY


SCORE: 89.73

#7
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 92.65
 
#22
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 86.97
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.22%
Population 65+:  12,506
Total Population:  94,627

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 82 77.15 75.28 2.48 %
Health Care 60 49.76 42.45 17.22 %
Wellness 154 79.56 81.88 -2.83 %
Financial 2 98.77 77.72 27.08 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
171 66.34 69.85 -5.03 %
Employment / Education 13 81.86 59.20 38.28 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
87 66.56 64.90 2.56 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
30 68.47 54.20 26.33 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Strengthening economy and financial base

  • Good income growth.
  • Among the highest small-business growth rankings for small metro areas.
  • Low poverty levels for older people.
  • Many job opportunities for mature residents. Low unemployment rate.
  • Highest capital gains of the 252 small metros.

Needs Work:


Unhealthy behaviors and lack of services

  • Too much fast food. Too few fitness facilities.
  • Shortage of home health service providers and caregivers.
  • Few continuing-care facilities to meet the needs of an aging population.

Take Away:


A defense and energy hub, Cheyenne is enjoying a firm financial base and an economic upswing. Employment and income growth enhance financial security for older adults, but access to conveniences is a problem.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 40 65.72 52.43
Crime Rate 106 47.91 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 49 83.30 80.02
Unemployment Rate 54 48.46 41.03
Income Distribution 52 90.21 85.72
Weather 163 43.18 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 97 11.47 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 66 16.08 15.54
Number of hospital beds 130 30.02 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 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 69 36.49 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 146 30.15 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 22 39.31 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 54 16.37 13.47
Number of psychologists 7 50.42 21.04
Number of nurses 93 25.17 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 87 39.74 35.67
ER Wait Times 23 44.12 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 92 92.59 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 45 56.85 50.43
Diabetes Rate 62 51.79 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 59 86.66 81.94
Number of Caregivers 162 67.57 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 143 80.59 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 229 23.27 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 196 56.43 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 97 76.58 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 186 13.19 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 13 76.36 55.90
Total bank deposits 151 1.13 1.72
Tax burden 143 70.54 72.59
Dependency Ratio 87 63.71 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 2 80.63 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 2 98.34 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 1 100.00 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 23 67.70 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 194 8.67 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 150 43.32 47.00
Median Rental Price 124 71.25 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 164 46.37 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 87 29.37 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 118 70.85 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 243 1.49 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 187 8.54 15.92
Cost of assisted living 144 67.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 94 35.90 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 77 87.38 84.74
Cost of adult day services 197 48.75 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 30 73.61 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 5 63.23 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 73 71.94 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 185 4.01 9.69
College Enrollment 61 32.55 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 1 100.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 186 4.21 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 3 89.40 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 182 11.43 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 210 45.71 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 86 88.07 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 163 36.65 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 81 19.19 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 64 69.47 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 159 18.10 25.07
Number of YMCAs 65 15.23 12.40
Funding for Seniors 3 70.90 25.37