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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
#149
OVERALL RANKING

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI


SCORE: 78.40

#157
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 78.94
 
#149
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 79.12
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.30%
Population 65+:  43,902
Total Population:  330,177

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 225 69.55 75.28 -7.61 %
Health Care 69 48.06 42.45 13.22 %
Wellness 123 81.64 81.88 -.29 %
Financial 189 73.86 77.72 -4.97 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
145 68.47 69.85 -1.98 %
Employment / Education 155 54.38 59.20 -8.14 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
66 68.33 64.90 5.29 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
131 51.38 54.20 -5.20 %
(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 93 57.51 52.43
Crime Rate 113 47.28 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 206 76.51 80.02
Unemployment Rate 131 39.21 41.03
Income Distribution 192 82.04 85.72
Weather 208 39.74 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 149 9.48 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 36 19.83 15.54
Number of hospital beds 123 30.82 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 134 55.44 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 44 22.44 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 59 41.69 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 123 34.46 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 135 11.23 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 80 33.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 42 16.67 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 25 21.31 13.47
Number of psychologists 108 20.57 21.04
Number of nurses 93 25.17 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 84 40.13 35.67
ER Wait Times 80 30.00 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 58 94.06 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 167 46.54 50.43
Diabetes Rate 168 41.20 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 112 82.79 81.94
Number of Caregivers 80 74.38 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 159 79.74 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 81 46.69 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 145 60.85 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 199 61.58 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 48 32.96 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 139 54.07 55.90
Total bank deposits 219 .80 1.72
Tax burden 110 74.94 72.59
Dependency Ratio 63 66.43 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 152 69.95 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 118 36.32 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 242 21.27 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 177 60.79 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 84 20.50 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 88 52.11 47.00
Median Rental Price 89 74.71 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 172 45.81 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 115 26.37 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 167 61.04 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 77 9.57 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 61 20.06 15.92
Cost of assisted living 133 68.86 70.12
Nursing-home rating 126 30.77 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 171 82.80 84.74
Cost of adult day services 199 48.15 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 184 49.45 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 192 5.01 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 221 64.62 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 151 5.09 9.69
College Enrollment 49 39.21 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 83 74.02 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 62 12.55 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 116 63.39 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 100 16.89 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 66 60.86 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 70 89.23 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 158 36.87 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 119 15.45 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 121 61.75 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 56 32.31 25.07
Number of YMCAs 189 4.35 12.40
Funding for Seniors 106 23.66 25.37