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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fargo, ND-MN
#10
OVERALL RANKING
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Fargo, ND-MN


SCORE: 89.64

#13
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 90.63
 
#9
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 89.30
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.83%
Population 65+:  23,486
Total Population:  216,785

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 15 83.38 75.28 10.76 %
Health Care 26 56.61 42.45 33.36 %
Wellness 41 87.03 81.88 6.29 %
Financial 90 79.43 77.72 2.20 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
129 69.99 69.85 0.20 %
Employment / Education 24 77.26 59.20 30.51 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
33 70.68 64.90 8.91 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
9 79.83 54.20 47.29 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Strong economy

  • High overall employment growth. Low jobless rates.
  • Many older residents employed.
  • Good small-business growth, among the highest for small metros.

Cultural activities and volunteer opportunities

  • Cultural enrichment: abundance of cultural and recreational activities such as museums, theaters, and YMCAs.
  • Strong funding from the states of North Dakota and Minnesota for community services aimed at the aging population.
  • Engagement: Volunteerism and community involvement by older residents.

Needs Work:


Limited living options for mature adults

  • Few older residents living in family households, potentially leading to loneliness.
  • High cost of adult day services.
  • Would benefit from a larger pool of home health-care providers and caregivers.

Take Away:


Fargo sparkles with one of the fastest-growing job markets among small metro areas. Home to North Dakota State University, museums, and theaters, the city provides ample engagement opportunities for older people. But specialty care is limited.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 138 51.04 52.43
Crime Rate 36 63.58 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 6 90.06 80.02
Unemployment Rate 4 83.32 41.03
Income Distribution 95 87.59 85.72
Weather 248 36.30 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 13 21.51 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 23 22.08 15.54
Number of hospital beds 84 37.85 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 64 68.52 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 29 53.36 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 73 43.88 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 100 19.33 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 16 80.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 42 17.70 13.47
Number of psychologists 175 14.07 21.04
Number of nurses 22 34.97 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 70 43.15 35.67
ER Wait Times 14 50.00 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 168 89.80 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 88 52.14 50.43
Diabetes Rate 49 53.78 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 151 79.44 81.94
Number of Caregivers 191 65.21 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 32 86.99 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 80 46.73 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 100 66.02 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 37 92.22 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 73 26.24 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 28 70.31 55.90
Total bank deposits 15 2.01 1.72
Tax burden 217 56.89 72.59
Dependency Ratio 25 76.64 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 8 76.91 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 81 41.50 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 105 40.48 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 4 75.17 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 185 9.92 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 197 36.81 47.00
Median Rental Price 50 79.48 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 242 34.26 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 56 36.37 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 99 75.40 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 193 3.96 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 72 18.18 15.92
Cost of assisted living 19 84.56 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 227 77.80 84.74
Cost of adult day services 214 46.71 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 12 80.79 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 48 16.25 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 10 78.12 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 63 10.59 9.69
College Enrollment 36 42.42 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 16 87.28 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 41 17.22 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 189 60.53 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 45 25.95 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 157 51.13 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 55 90.24 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 226 30.04 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 14 40.97 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 8 95.10 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 21 44.24 25.07
Number of YMCAs 11 36.94 12.40
Funding for Seniors 15 27.00 25.37