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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Decatur, IL
#53
OVERALL RANKING

Decatur, IL


SCORE: 83.50

#60
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 84.05
 
#60
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 83.46
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.98%
Population 65+:  18,678
Total Population:  109,978

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 152 73.89 75.28 -1.85 %
Health Care 53 51.12 42.45 20.42 %
Wellness 114 82.02 81.88 0.17 %
Financial 27 84.16 77.72 8.29 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
61 75.87 69.85 8.62 %
Employment / Education 111 58.28 59.20 -1.55 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
123 64.14 64.90 -1.17 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
81 55.94 54.20 3.21 %
(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 5 81.53 52.43
Crime Rate 99 49.00 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 163 78.67 80.02
Unemployment Rate 226 27.99 41.03
Income Distribution 182 82.86 85.72
Weather 166 43.12 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 64 13.34 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 121 13.24 15.54
Number of hospital beds 100 34.63 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 168 54.12 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 27 55.39 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 66 46.06 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 43 29.51 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 1 100.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 190 8.31 13.47
Number of psychologists 249 2.18 21.04
Number of nurses 23 34.70 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 221 19.86 35.67
ER Wait Times 217 16.85 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 39 95.02 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 204 43.53 50.43
Diabetes Rate 116 45.42 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 171 78.72 81.94
Number of Caregivers 150 69.21 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 95 82.67 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 174 32.04 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 29 77.42 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 59 88.48 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 170 14.64 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 58 65.71 55.90
Total bank deposits 99 1.29 1.72
Tax burden 207 58.18 72.59
Dependency Ratio 197 57.72 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 169 69.40 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 15 59.17 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 79 49.22 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 197 59.98 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 11 63.60 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 25 64.50 47.00
Median Rental Price 54 79.12 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 87 51.02 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 19 45.68 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 49 80.57 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 225 2.41 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 226 5.71 15.92
Cost of assisted living 205 61.04 70.12
Nursing-home rating 126 30.77 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 122 84.96 84.74
Cost of adult day services 145 56.52 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 44 70.02 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 97 9.44 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 161 68.16 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 217 2.66 9.69
College Enrollment 196 18.96 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 65 77.04 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 44 16.38 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 77 64.91 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 122 15.33 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 108 55.71 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 226 75.68 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 38 47.10 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 186 11.86 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 111 62.69 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 37 37.64 25.07
Number of YMCAs 28 23.27 12.40
Funding for Seniors 48 24.82 25.37