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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fort Smith, AR-OK
#152
OVERALL RANKING

Fort Smith, AR-OK


SCORE: 78.34

#168
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 78.44
 
#116
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.66
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.58%
Population 65+:  40,918
Total Population:  280,626

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 96 75.93 75.28 0.86 %
Health Care 139 38.36 42.45 -9.63 %
Wellness 158 79.31 81.88 -3.14 %
Financial 114 77.89 77.72 0.22 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
7 85.30 69.85 22.12 %
Employment / Education 213 48.27 59.20 -18.46 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
151 62.60 64.90 -3.54 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
227 43.75 54.20 -19.28 %
(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 36 66.58 52.43
Crime Rate 137 44.09 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 205 76.55 80.02
Unemployment Rate 136 38.49 41.03
Income Distribution 158 84.04 85.72
Weather 120 49.54 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 100 11.34 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 213 9.08 15.54
Number of hospital beds 103 34.02 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 138 77.78 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 46 72.49 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 72 35.07 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 55 48.43 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 63 25.08 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 194 8.17 13.47
Number of psychologists 213 9.22 21.04
Number of nurses 187 18.12 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 225 19.62 35.67
ER Wait Times 160 22.59 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 163 89.98 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 196 44.03 50.43
Diabetes Rate 205 37.19 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 80 85.08 81.94
Number of Caregivers 32 81.27 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 207 76.55 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 155 34.53 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 23 78.76 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 144 70.34 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 156 15.70 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 76 62.75 55.90
Total bank deposits 143 1.15 1.72
Tax burden 69 83.11 72.59
Dependency Ratio 210 56.93 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 55 73.48 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 224 22.94 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 101 41.04 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 114 62.78 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 117 16.21 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 22 65.75 47.00
Median Rental Price 10 87.02 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 94 50.65 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 6 59.27 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 2 98.26 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 34 16.04 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 218 6.52 15.92
Cost of assisted living 4 93.27 70.12
Nursing-home rating 182 24.24 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 199 80.55 84.74
Cost of adult day services 139 57.35 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 223 42.92 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 58 14.58 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 81 71.26 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 188 3.98 9.69
College Enrollment 223 16.82 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 120 71.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 242 1.30 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 29 69.62 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 218 8.44 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 138 53.30 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 25 93.50 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 116 40.44 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 213 10.04 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 202 51.90 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 140 20.27 25.07
Number of YMCAs 252 .00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 129 23.54 25.37