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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Grand Junction, CO
#154
OVERALL RANKING

Grand Junction, CO


SCORE: 78.23

#164
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 78.69
 
#182
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 77.86
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.79%
Population 65+:  23,343
Total Population:  147,790

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 205 70.66 75.28 -6.14 %
Health Care 80 46.84 42.45 10.34 %
Wellness 95 83.26 81.88 1.69 %
Financial 175 74.40 77.72 -4.27 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
172 66.27 69.85 -5.13 %
Employment / Education 131 56.35 59.20 -4.81 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
212 58.63 64.90 -9.66 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
71 57.15 54.20 5.44 %
(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 167 46.14 52.43
Crime Rate 117 46.81 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 171 78.09 80.02
Unemployment Rate 196 32.21 41.03
Income Distribution 120 86.04 85.72
Weather 131 47.38 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 119 10.75 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 68 16.05 15.54
Number of hospital beds 115 32.50 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 57 42.67 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 35 53.13 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 13 39.42 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 73 22.81 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 110 25.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 58 15.99 13.47
Number of psychologists 105 21.02 21.04
Number of nurses 136 21.96 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 75 41.82 35.67
ER Wait Times 59 34.09 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 136 91.10 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 16 64.33 50.43
Diabetes Rate 6 69.14 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 10 94.96 81.94
Number of Caregivers 206 62.97 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 67 84.33 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 143 35.76 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 137 61.61 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 233 54.52 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 210 11.36 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 118 56.29 55.90
Total bank deposits 119 1.22 1.72
Tax burden 169 63.97 72.59
Dependency Ratio 144 60.32 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 133 70.44 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 232 21.32 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 23 68.03 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 224 58.69 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 217 6.60 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 152 43.20 47.00
Median Rental Price 179 63.70 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 68 52.89 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 193 15.86 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 146 65.89 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 162 5.08 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 35 27.44 15.92
Cost of assisted living 165 66.32 70.12
Nursing-home rating 84 39.56 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 212 79.45 84.74
Cost of adult day services 112 60.94 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 86 62.02 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 139 7.23 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 169 67.60 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 33 15.50 9.69
College Enrollment 202 18.07 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 136 69.27 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 92 9.84 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 234 57.55 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 132 14.65 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 194 47.56 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 206 78.14 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 66 43.80 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 64 20.33 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 41 73.25 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 134 21.11 25.07
Number of YMCAs 252 .00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 193 23.31 25.37