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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Columbia, MO
#3
OVERALL RANKING
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Columbia, MO


SCORE: 95.29

#3
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 95.78
 
#4
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 92.73
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.73%
Population 65+:  16,397
Total Population:  168,530

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 135 74.57 75.28 -.94 %
Health Care 3 88.12 42.45 107.59 %
Wellness 39 87.54 81.88 6.91 %
Financial 13 86.54 77.72 11.35 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
57 76.15 69.85 9.02 %
Employment / Education 12 82.02 59.20 38.55 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
44 69.93 64.90 7.75 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
150 49.94 54.20 -7.86 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Abundance of health services and professionals

  • First-place ranking for hospitals with rehab facilities. Good availability of hospitals with geriatric and other specialty services.
  • Strong health-care force, with an abundance of doctors, nurses, and orthopedic surgeons.

Expanding economic and educational opportunities

  • Professional potential: many 65+ people employed, with job opportunities for older adults expanding in leisure and hospitality services. Strong overall employment growth.
  • Hitting the books: high college enrollment.

Strong financial standing

  • Tax coffers boosted by young workforce.
  • Stable growth in small business sector for past five years.

Needs Work:


Limited community engagement and access to conveniences

  • Few arts and recreational services available to mature residents.
  • Few grocers in older adults' neighborhoods.

Affordability and safety issues, and a widening income gap

  • Ranked 186 of 252 small metros for affordable cost of living.
  • Safety concerns: high crime and fatal car-crash rates.
  • Haves and have-nots: substantial income inequality.

Take Away:


Columbia, home to the University of Missouri, offers educational opportunities and a strong health-care system. Consumer-driven industries are propelling economic growth and unemployment. Downside: long waits in the ER.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 186 43.57 52.43
Crime Rate 162 40.35 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 19 86.16 80.02
Unemployment Rate 16 63.04 41.03
Income Distribution 247 74.38 85.72
Weather 164 43.13 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 143 9.68 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 5 59.93 15.54
Number of hospital beds 8 72.91 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 66.67 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 145 54.85 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 9 73.16 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 1 100.00 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 57 26.63 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 15 83.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 42 16.67 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 2 64.23 13.47
Number of psychologists 38 33.80 21.04
Number of nurses 7 51.61 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 11 66.25 35.67
ER Wait Times 203 18.29 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 134 91.28 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 43 57.08 50.43
Diabetes Rate 35 55.80 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 179 78.32 81.94
Number of Caregivers 116 73.29 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 81 83.30 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 30 57.50 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 160 59.32 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 38 91.97 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 135 18.17 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 83 61.97 55.90
Total bank deposits 71 1.39 1.72
Tax burden 101 78.89 72.59
Dependency Ratio 13 83.86 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 32 74.42 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 60 44.67 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 147 35.98 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 67 64.67 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 28 40.38 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 196 36.85 47.00
Median Rental Price 153 68.28 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 247 31.84 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 27 43.55 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 32 94.00 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 31 16.53 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 21 32.55 15.92
Cost of assisted living 74 75.29 70.12
Nursing-home rating 26 55.84 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 69 88.10 84.74
Cost of adult day services 129 60.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 29 74.18 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 79 11.45 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 24 75.03 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 44 12.77 9.69
College Enrollment 13 70.28 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 20 84.36 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 27 23.14 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 150 62.45 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 27 29.24 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 163 50.79 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 171 81.07 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 240 26.98 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 144 14.07 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 60 69.97 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 156 18.22 25.07
Number of YMCAs 119 10.10 12.40
Funding for Seniors 88 23.72 25.37