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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Las Cruces, NM
#140
OVERALL RANKING

Las Cruces, NM


SCORE: 78.86

#120
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.26
 
#143
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 79.28
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.02%
Population 65+:  27,862
Total Population:  213,952

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 27 81.56 75.28 8.34 %
Health Care 196 32.72 42.45 -22.92 %
Wellness 67 84.82 81.88 3.59 %
Financial 148 76.29 77.72 -1.84 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
62 75.82 69.85 8.55 %
Employment / Education 65 65.38 59.20 10.44 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
252 51.03 64.90 -21.37 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
225 44.20 54.20 -18.45 %
(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 132 52.07 52.43
Crime Rate 136 44.35 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 40 83.97 80.02
Unemployment Rate 101 41.55 41.03
Income Distribution 162 83.95 85.72
Weather 18 60.91 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 107 11.12 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 199 9.78 15.54
Number of hospital beds 160 27.36 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 194 53.05 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 159 16.26 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 163 26.87 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 197 8.11 13.47
Number of psychologists 11 48.17 21.04
Number of nurses 234 13.46 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 174 26.26 35.67
ER Wait Times 102 27.78 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 183 89.16 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 29 60.40 50.43
Diabetes Rate 20 61.79 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 81 84.60 81.94
Number of Caregivers 126 71.12 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 57 84.69 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 232 22.65 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 33 75.93 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 73 86.78 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 226 10.31 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 215 42.01 55.90
Total bank deposits 243 .61 1.72
Tax burden 26 90.35 72.59
Dependency Ratio 202 57.36 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 84 72.02 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 230 22.10 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 169 32.75 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 39 66.47 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 125 15.23 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 62 56.44 47.00
Median Rental Price 73 76.91 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 99 50.28 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 227 12.53 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 108 73.06 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 13 25.02 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 202 7.66 15.92
Cost of assisted living 127 70.72 70.12
Nursing-home rating 7 71.79 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 8 95.26 84.74
Cost of adult day services 223 44.32 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 82 62.75 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 106 9.04 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 15 77.02 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 51 12.01 9.69
College Enrollment 53 37.09 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 90 73.30 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 173 4.86 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 63 65.64 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 90 18.31 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 250 31.17 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 249 65.27 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 169 36.11 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 179 12.44 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 139 58.63 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 244 8.07 25.07
Number of YMCAs 252 .00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 233 22.96 25.37