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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Eau Claire, WI
#45
OVERALL RANKING

Eau Claire, WI


SCORE: 84.15

#62
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 84.02
 
#49
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 84.33
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.98%
Population 65+:  22,860
Total Population:  163,508

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 106 75.45 75.28 0.23 %
Health Care 20 59.92 42.45 41.15 %
Wellness 126 81.45 81.88 -.53 %
Financial 133 77.05 77.72 -.86 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
92 74.00 69.85 5.94 %
Employment / Education 91 61.14 59.20 3.28 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
126 63.94 64.90 -1.48 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
40 63.73 54.20 17.58 %
(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 95 56.91 52.43
Crime Rate 32 66.42 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 96 80.92 80.02
Unemployment Rate 53 48.64 41.03
Income Distribution 125 85.86 85.72
Weather 229 38.56 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 74 12.75 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 34 19.98 15.54
Number of hospital beds 111 32.69 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 120 83.33 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 185 53.99 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 17 61.51 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 7 84.83 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 16 37.04 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 78 22.04 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 80 33.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 20 23.52 13.47
Number of psychologists 57 28.31 21.04
Number of nurses 24 34.44 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 29 53.00 35.67
ER Wait Times 21 45.45 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 31 95.70 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 137 48.85 50.43
Diabetes Rate 37 55.47 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 134 80.40 81.94
Number of Caregivers 244 46.93 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 28 87.25 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 32 56.57 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 124 62.69 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 238 40.27 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 67 27.64 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 107 57.56 55.90
Total bank deposits 131 1.18 1.72
Tax burden 198 59.96 72.59
Dependency Ratio 50 68.37 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 18 75.22 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 102 39.13 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 134 36.53 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 58 65.08 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 59 26.90 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 109 48.65 47.00
Median Rental Price 77 75.80 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 164 46.37 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 32 40.97 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 179 60.52 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 173 4.58 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 7 43.19 15.92
Cost of assisted living 118 70.74 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 137 84.31 84.74
Cost of adult day services 103 61.90 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 83 62.18 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 154 6.12 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 191 66.64 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 144 5.20 9.69
College Enrollment 43 40.07 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 37 79.89 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 82 10.48 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 210 58.70 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 60 23.27 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 209 45.74 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 132 84.92 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 140 38.77 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 62 20.56 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 22 86.57 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 104 25.40 25.07
Number of YMCAs 52 17.14 12.40
Funding for Seniors 130 23.51 25.37