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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Dover, DE
#230
OVERALL RANKING

Dover, DE


SCORE: 73.93

#220
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.02
 
#240
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 74.51
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.47%
Population 65+:  24,237
Total Population:  167,540

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 150 73.96 75.28 -1.75 %
Health Care 239 26.91 42.45 -36.61 %
Wellness 131 80.86 81.88 -1.25 %
Financial 145 76.41 77.72 -1.69 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
231 56.11 69.85 -19.67 %
Employment / Education 136 56.03 59.20 -5.35 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
192 60.06 64.90 -7.46 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
103 54.02 54.20 -.33 %
(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 234 34.71 52.43
Crime Rate 199 35.33 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 147 79.06 80.02
Unemployment Rate 130 39.25 41.03
Income Distribution 2 97.68 85.72
Weather 53 55.78 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 164 8.71 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 218 8.82 15.54
Number of hospital beds 204 20.36 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 213 48.88 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 252 .00 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 225 16.29 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 200 7.85 13.47
Number of psychologists 82 23.27 21.04
Number of nurses 204 16.60 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 155 29.04 35.67
ER Wait Times 212 17.05 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 234 83.72 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 189 44.33 50.43
Diabetes Rate 193 38.27 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 68 85.67 81.94
Number of Caregivers 79 75.00 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 133 81.03 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 124 39.43 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 15 84.64 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 100 75.84 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 179 14.09 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 214 42.04 55.90
Total bank deposits 214 .85 1.72
Tax burden 145 70.43 72.59
Dependency Ratio 163 59.37 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 79 72.32 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 9 67.27 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 227 27.73 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 46 65.88 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 138 13.62 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 219 32.12 47.00
Median Rental Price 227 54.37 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 72 52.70 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 92 28.20 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 222 54.86 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 103 7.80 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 232 5.51 15.92
Cost of assisted living 252 44.87 70.12
Nursing-home rating 154 27.35 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 26 91.36 84.74
Cost of adult day services 168 51.32 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 131 56.39 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 221 4.06 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 156 68.36 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 65 10.36 9.69
College Enrollment 73 29.84 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 234 58.98 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 239 1.48 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 28 69.82 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 152 13.56 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 140 53.24 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 106 86.89 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 122 40.12 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 61 20.65 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 147 57.01 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 223 12.18 25.07
Number of YMCAs 146 8.23 12.40
Funding for Seniors 9 38.10 25.37