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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Chico, CA
#218
OVERALL RANKING

Chico, CA


SCORE: 75.10

#201
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.93
 
#216
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.15
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.22%
Population 65+:  35,858
Total Population:  221,016

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 161 73.38 75.28 -2.52 %
Health Care 191 33.69 42.45 -20.64 %
Wellness 82 84.13 81.88 2.75 %
Financial 173 74.71 77.72 -3.87 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
229 56.95 69.85 -18.47 %
Employment / Education 156 54.31 59.20 -8.26 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
112 64.71 64.90 -.29 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
213 45.06 54.20 -16.86 %
(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 245 28.44 52.43
Crime Rate 82 52.55 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 213 75.93 80.02
Unemployment Rate 239 24.22 41.03
Income Distribution 185 82.70 85.72
Weather 17 61.35 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 111 10.96 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 154 11.67 15.54
Number of hospital beds 198 20.89 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 213 50.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 224 40.50 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 172 14.08 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 62 46.79 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 39 30.07 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 81 14.07 13.47
Number of psychologists 180 13.87 21.04
Number of nurses 88 25.86 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 81 41.08 35.67
ER Wait Times 131 25.21 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 127 91.53 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 33 57.63 50.43
Diabetes Rate 38 55.46 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 188 77.38 81.94
Number of Caregivers 224 59.22 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 71 83.92 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 180 31.89 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 112 64.56 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 31 95.71 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 140 17.45 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 131 54.67 55.90
Total bank deposits 176 1.05 1.72
Tax burden 223 53.21 72.59
Dependency Ratio 73 65.16 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 194 68.42 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 59 44.80 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 50 56.77 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 156 61.34 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 120 15.61 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 236 26.65 47.00
Median Rental Price 204 59.10 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 53 54.38 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 188 16.72 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 196 56.63 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 190 4.04 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 57 20.84 15.92
Cost of assisted living 213 60.90 70.12
Nursing-home rating 173 24.91 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 155 83.59 84.74
Cost of adult day services 168 51.32 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 230 39.91 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 241 3.35 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 209 65.63 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 28 18.61 9.69
College Enrollment 33 43.71 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 47 78.65 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 112 8.10 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 85 64.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 67 21.76 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 112 55.04 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 196 79.18 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 54 44.99 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 220 9.39 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 169 55.71 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 237 10.45 25.07
Number of YMCAs 175 5.91 12.40
Funding for Seniors 176 23.33 25.37