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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lawrence, KS
#30
OVERALL RANKING

Lawrence, KS


SCORE: 85.80

#19
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.37
 
#70
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.93
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.65%
Population 65+:  10,914
Total Population:  113,043

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 183 71.96 75.28 -4.41 %
Health Care 135 38.97 42.45 -8.20 %
Wellness 93 83.43 81.88 1.89 %
Financial 33 83.52 77.72 7.46 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
167 66.60 69.85 -4.65 %
Employment / Education 2 92.49 59.20 56.23 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
14 76.42 64.90 17.75 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
35 66.23 54.20 22.20 %
(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 198 41.99 52.43
Crime Rate 209 34.07 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 134 79.66 80.02
Unemployment Rate 23 56.18 41.03
Income Distribution 201 81.43 85.72
Weather 158 44.59 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 103 11.22 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 82 15.01 15.54
Number of hospital beds 235 15.62 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 18 82.41 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 149 29.95 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 174 9.08 13.47
Number of psychologists 15 43.40 21.04
Number of nurses 212 16.19 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 28 53.51 35.67
ER Wait Times 23 44.12 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 22 96.44 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 46 56.67 50.43
Diabetes Rate 18 62.78 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 206 76.94 81.94
Number of Caregivers 77 75.43 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 80 83.36 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 126 38.96 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 237 50.04 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 179 67.00 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 88 23.84 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 46 67.15 55.90
Total bank deposits 86 1.34 1.72
Tax burden 161 69.05 72.59
Dependency Ratio 4 94.68 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 190 68.63 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 17 56.33 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 95 43.09 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 135 62.01 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 87 19.96 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 187 38.66 47.00
Median Rental Price 194 61.53 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 243 33.33 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 203 14.85 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 37 93.38 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 195 3.76 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 76 17.12 15.92
Cost of assisted living 116 71.23 70.12
Nursing-home rating 14 61.54 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 231 77.60 84.74
Cost of adult day services 217 44.83 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 6 88.88 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 52 15.74 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 53 72.87 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 48 12.54 9.69
College Enrollment 4 80.12 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 90 73.30 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 11 43.41 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 56 67.29 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 14 34.55 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 222 43.84 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 16 95.37 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 241 26.77 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 113 15.81 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 10 92.68 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 205 13.65 25.07
Number of YMCAs 3 75.65 12.40
Funding for Seniors 45 25.13 25.37