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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Ithaca, NY
#17
OVERALL RANKING
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Ithaca, NY


SCORE: 88.14

#5
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 93.46
 
#27
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 86.19
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.50%
Population 65+:  11,809
Total Population:  102,713

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 196 71.35 75.28 -5.22 %
Health Care 115 41.74 42.45 -1.67 %
Wellness 24 90.05 81.88 9.98 %
Financial 45 82.98 77.72 6.77 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
237 54.32 69.85 -22.23 %
Employment / Education 1 100.00 59.20 68.92 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
1 100.00 64.90 54.08 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
163 49.33 54.20 -8.99 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Booming economy, employment opportunities for older population

  • Ample job opportunities for mature workers, with a high percentage employed. Low overall unemployment.
  • One of the highest college enrollment rates among small metro regions.
  • Ranked 13 in employment growth among small metros.

Healthy and car-free

  • Plenty of fitness centers. Obesity rates down.
  • Many walk-to-work and public-transit commuters.
  • Neighborhood availability of grocery stores and other conveniences.

Needs Work:


High costs and low community engagement

  • Pricey living, thanks to expensive real estate and high rents.
  • Expensive arrangements for older people: Some of the most costly nursing rooms, assisted living, and adult day services.
  • Low volunteerism among older residents.

Take Away:


A premier U.S. college town, Ithaca enjoys a scenic locale—motto, "Ithaca Is Gorges" —with healthy outdoor pursuits, snowy winters notwithstanding. Economic growth and education are pluses, but housing is costly, and older residents don't frequently engage with the community.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 202 41.58 52.43
Crime Rate 43 60.92 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 13 86.99 80.02
Unemployment Rate 47 49.51 41.03
Income Distribution 249 73.15 85.72
Weather 244 37.14 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 105 11.21 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 57 16.72 15.54
Number of hospital beds 194 21.31 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 119 56.09 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 150 29.88 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 1 100.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 57 16.26 13.47
Number of psychologists 16 43.03 21.04
Number of nurses 101 24.75 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 10 66.71 35.67
ER Wait Times 212 17.05 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 161 90.09 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 15 64.75 50.43
Diabetes Rate 48 53.87 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 246 70.79 81.94
Number of Caregivers 91 74.24 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 83 83.29 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 7 72.90 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 174 58.03 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 155 69.35 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 35 36.59 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 229 40.20 55.90
Total bank deposits 79 1.36 1.72
Tax burden 242 41.18 72.59
Dependency Ratio 1 100.00 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 7 77.80 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 25 51.61 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 3 80.89 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 48 65.75 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 132 14.41 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 201 35.80 47.00
Median Rental Price 223 55.29 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 205 41.34 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 42 39.64 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 244 39.61 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 90 8.81 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 92 15.82 15.92
Cost of assisted living 231 58.71 70.12
Nursing-home rating 126 30.77 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 203 80.18 84.74
Cost of adult day services 240 37.86 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 8 83.71 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 19 31.75 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 122 69.68 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 41 13.80 9.69
College Enrollment 2 96.48 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 26 82.07 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 6 62.40 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 39 69.27 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 1 100.00 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 162 50.88 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 19 94.67 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 214 31.88 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 35 26.09 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 236 45.21 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 91 27.05 25.07
Number of YMCAs 66 15.09 12.40
Funding for Seniors 27 25.32 25.37