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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fort Collins, CO
#62
OVERALL RANKING

Fort Collins, CO


SCORE: 82.59

#44
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 85.10
 
#122
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.19
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.91%
Population 65+:  40,104
Total Population:  310,686

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 138 74.53 75.28 -1.00 %
Health Care 141 38.15 42.45 -10.13 %
Wellness 13 92.10 81.88 12.48 %
Financial 48 82.71 77.72 6.42 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
206 61.55 69.85 -11.88 %
Employment / Education 36 74.21 59.20 25.35 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
198 59.73 64.90 -7.97 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
92 54.98 54.20 1.44 %
(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 203 41.42 52.43
Crime Rate 67 55.86 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 35 84.34 80.02
Unemployment Rate 71 46.04 41.03
Income Distribution 161 83.96 85.72
Weather 150 44.97 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 52 14.74 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 77 15.45 15.54
Number of hospital beds 218 17.79 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 143 75.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 214 48.22 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 122 22.51 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 103 37.18 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 133 12.14 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 111 12.34 13.47
Number of psychologists 91 22.22 21.04
Number of nurses 140 21.65 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 8 69.17 35.67
ER Wait Times 57 34.62 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 225 86.44 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 4 74.94 50.43
Diabetes Rate 2 83.16 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 10 94.96 81.94
Number of Caregivers 206 62.97 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 17 88.18 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 25 60.96 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 211 54.45 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 94 77.04 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 184 13.26 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 41 67.82 55.90
Total bank deposits 83 1.35 1.72
Tax burden 169 63.97 72.59
Dependency Ratio 30 74.80 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 39 74.03 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 23 51.98 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 23 68.03 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 132 62.21 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 235 4.88 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 213 33.54 47.00
Median Rental Price 224 54.76 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 203 41.53 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 209 14.50 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 146 65.89 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 113 7.46 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 69 18.63 15.92
Cost of assisted living 165 66.32 70.12
Nursing-home rating 79 41.81 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 41 90.03 84.74
Cost of adult day services 112 60.94 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 25 75.03 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 47 16.31 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 18 76.14 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 120 6.22 9.69
College Enrollment 30 45.04 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 177 66.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 63 12.08 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 234 57.55 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 94 17.89 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 220 44.08 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 149 83.11 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 173 35.80 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 56 20.99 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 41 73.25 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 230 11.17 25.07
Number of YMCAs 126 9.39 12.40
Funding for Seniors 193 23.31 25.37