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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Merced, CA
#248
OVERALL RANKING

Merced, CA


SCORE: 71.98

#244
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.46
 
#246
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.87
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.95%
Population 65+:  26,021
Total Population:  261,632

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 103 75.53 75.28 0.33 %
Health Care 250 23.41 42.45 -44.85 %
Wellness 111 82.29 81.88 0.50 %
Financial 238 69.34 77.72 -10.78 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
173 66.22 69.85 -5.20 %
Employment / Education 168 52.82 59.20 -10.78 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
208 58.85 64.90 -9.32 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
232 42.91 54.20 -20.83 %
(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 204 41.29 52.43
Crime Rate 216 32.99 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 112 80.25 80.02
Unemployment Rate 249 17.41 41.03
Income Distribution 140 84.84 85.72
Weather 7 68.73 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 195 7.51 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 234 7.74 15.54
Number of hospital beds 251 10.11 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 224 40.50 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 241 12.72 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 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 243 3.85 13.47
Number of psychologists 100 21.48 21.04
Number of nurses 249 9.36 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 248 12.20 35.67
ER Wait Times 68 32.61 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 235 83.48 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 75 52.78 50.43
Diabetes Rate 50 53.74 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 188 77.38 81.94
Number of Caregivers 224 59.22 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 68 84.28 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 235 21.89 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 6 88.46 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 13 97.10 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 246 7.21 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 250 24.83 55.90
Total bank deposits 249 .50 1.72
Tax burden 223 53.21 72.59
Dependency Ratio 238 54.20 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 241 66.36 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 221 23.95 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 50 56.77 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 117 62.65 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 52 28.06 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 132 45.09 47.00
Median Rental Price 191 61.89 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 177 45.25 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 218 13.44 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 196 56.63 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 234 2.01 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 152 10.26 15.92
Cost of assisted living 213 60.90 70.12
Nursing-home rating 2 92.31 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 2 98.92 84.74
Cost of adult day services 168 51.32 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 169 51.45 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 209 4.32 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 83 71.21 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 159 4.81 9.69
College Enrollment 81 27.77 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 243 56.98 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 137 6.60 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 85 64.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 126 15.11 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 236 39.95 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 18 94.69 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 235 27.58 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 231 8.19 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 169 55.71 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 68 30.88 25.07
Number of YMCAs 252 .00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 176 23.33 25.37