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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lincoln, NE
#13
OVERALL RANKING
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Lincoln, NE


SCORE: 88.54

#12
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 90.64
 
#14
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 88.10
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.64%
Population 65+:  36,114
Total Population:  310,365

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 26 81.59 75.28 8.38 %
Health Care 87 45.30 42.45 6.71 %
Wellness 88 83.73 81.88 2.26 %
Financial 4 93.28 77.72 20.02 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
80 74.59 69.85 6.79 %
Employment / Education 44 72.08 59.20 21.76 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
63 68.70 64.90 5.86 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
48 60.38 54.20 11.40 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Job market and financial stability

  • Stable small business growth
  • One of the lowest unemployment rates for small cities, with strong job growth.
  • Many 65+ adults in the workforce.
  • Relatively few older residents living in poverty.
  • Low level of reverse-mortgage debt.

Needs Work:


Health services not up to par

  • Need for more specialty-care facilities such as hospitals with rehabilitation, Alzheimer's units, and hospice services.
  • Few hospitals with JCAHO accreditation.
  • Longer ER wait times than average for small metros.

Neighborhood and health concerns

  • High crime, but low rates of car-crash deaths.
  • Abundant fast food outlets. Too much consumption of sugary soda.

Take Away:


The Nebraska capital's economy is steadily expanding, surpassing many cities in recovering from the Great Recession. Job opportunities are picking up for mature workers, but health-care services don't quite meet demand as the aging population rises.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 145 49.83 52.43
Crime Rate 179 38.47 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 35 84.34 80.02
Unemployment Rate 3 83.59 41.03
Income Distribution 126 85.85 85.72
Weather 182 42.41 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 7 26.06 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 85 14.84 15.54
Number of hospital beds 46 49.16 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 246 25.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 66 67.91 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 42 25.49 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 70 35.78 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 152 29.47 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 127 12.92 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 148 12.50 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 52 12.50 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 71 14.85 13.47
Number of psychologists 80 23.57 21.04
Number of nurses 47 30.04 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 26 54.21 35.67
ER Wait Times 141 23.81 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 155 90.36 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 55 54.52 50.43
Diabetes Rate 31 57.10 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 208 76.10 81.94
Number of Caregivers 211 61.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 61 84.57 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 13 65.28 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 240 49.73 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 177 67.48 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 107 20.75 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 37 68.48 55.90
Total bank deposits 43 1.62 1.72
Tax burden 166 68.13 72.59
Dependency Ratio 41 70.17 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 34 74.35 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 21 54.25 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 99 41.66 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 103 63.17 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 2 94.66 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 177 40.08 47.00
Median Rental Price 86 75.04 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 229 37.62 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 86 29.41 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 48 82.94 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 143 5.63 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 70 18.47 15.92
Cost of assisted living 170 65.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 12 64.96 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 117 85.09 84.74
Cost of adult day services 69 67.24 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 13 80.52 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 125 7.93 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 69 72.20 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 92 8.20 9.69
College Enrollment 40 40.85 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 29 81.62 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 91 9.92 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 53 67.98 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 104 16.55 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 141 53.13 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 6 95.94 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 208 32.27 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 103 16.57 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 31 85.73 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 164 17.78 25.07
Number of YMCAs 23 24.81 12.40
Funding for Seniors 23 25.60 25.37