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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Idaho Falls, ID
#148
OVERALL RANKING

Idaho Falls, ID


SCORE: 78.42

#153
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 79.10
 
#134
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 79.75
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.33%
Population 65+:  15,448
Total Population:  136,301

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 45 79.51 75.28 5.62 %
Health Care 229 29.72 42.45 -29.99 %
Wellness 86 83.90 81.88 2.47 %
Financial 105 78.55 77.72 1.07 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
104 72.63 69.85 3.98 %
Employment / Education 175 51.99 59.20 -12.18 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
211 58.68 64.90 -9.58 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
34 66.24 54.20 22.21 %
(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 67 60.07 52.43
Crime Rate 14 73.20 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 152 78.95 80.02
Unemployment Rate 48 49.21 41.03
Income Distribution 51 90.23 85.72
Weather 168 43.11 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 98 11.44 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 193 9.94 15.54
Number of hospital beds 140 29.05 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 246 25.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 113 56.85 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 252 .00 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 188 22.69 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 252 .00 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 40 17.84 13.47
Number of psychologists 26 38.15 21.04
Number of nurses 134 22.15 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 132 32.27 35.67
ER Wait Times 4 62.50 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 133 91.33 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 35 57.60 50.43
Diabetes Rate 64 51.56 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 17 94.28 81.94
Number of Caregivers 142 70.10 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 87 83.05 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 245 16.16 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 32 76.01 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 61 88.16 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 161 15.18 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 51 66.38 55.90
Total bank deposits 209 .87 1.72
Tax burden 46 84.65 72.59
Dependency Ratio 243 49.67 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 56 73.44 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 103 39.09 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 102 40.88 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 110 62.95 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 198 8.31 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 58 56.94 47.00
Median Rental Price 61 78.06 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 185 44.13 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 238 10.20 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 143 66.51 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 64 11.30 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 58 20.73 15.92
Cost of assisted living 37 80.84 70.12
Nursing-home rating 14 61.54 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 110 85.24 84.74
Cost of adult day services 229 41.05 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 154 53.75 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 211 4.30 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 68 72.21 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 66 10.23 9.69
College Enrollment 200 18.25 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 37 79.89 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 236 1.59 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 182 61.41 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 154 13.28 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 243 36.36 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 42 91.81 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 216 31.43 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 131 14.54 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 1 100.00 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 36 37.68 25.07
Number of YMCAs 100 11.46 12.40
Funding for Seniors 42 25.18 25.37