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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Midland, TX
#11
OVERALL RANKING

Midland, TX


SCORE: 89.45

#9
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 92.14
 
#6
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 91.08
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.62%
Population 65+:  16,126
Total Population:  151,809

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 1 100.00 75.28 32.84 %
Health Care 147 37.72 42.45 -11.14 %
Wellness 85 83.99 81.88 2.58 %
Financial 3 97.77 77.72 25.80 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
98 73.10 69.85 4.65 %
Employment / Education 41 72.47 59.20 22.42 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
246 54.74 64.90 -15.65 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
164 49.27 54.20 -9.10 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Growing economy and encore career opportunities

  • Expanding economy. Highest employment growth among 252 small metros.
  • Unemployment rates among the lowest.
  • Job opportunities: many employed adults 65+.
  • High small-business growth.
  • One of the highest five-year income growth trends. Numerous banks and financial institutions.

Affordable living options

  • Affordability for older residents: among lowest in small metro cost of living.
  • Reasonably priced nursing rooms and adult day services.

Needs Work:


Too few transportation options and conveniences

  • Lagging investment in transportation. Shortage of grocers and conveniences.
  • Few walking commuters.

Lack of quality care

  • No specialty care hospitals that include services such as long-term, Alzheimer's, and hospice units.
  • No Magnet-accredited hospitals.

Take Away:


An oil and natural gas stronghold, Midland boasts low unemployment and high-octane economic growth. Many older people are entering the workforce. Although living is affordable, transportation and specialty health-care options lag.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 3 89.06 52.43
Crime Rate 80 53.02 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 1 100.00 80.02
Unemployment Rate 2 85.46 41.03
Income Distribution 217 80.22 85.72
Weather 36 57.49 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 237 5.71 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 94 14.54 15.54
Number of hospital beds 82 38.35 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 230 42.86 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 149 54.77 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 102 25.69 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 82 42.23 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 105 28.57 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 83 14.06 13.47
Number of psychologists 227 6.61 21.04
Number of nurses 141 21.61 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 99 37.82 35.67
ER Wait Times 110 26.79 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 198 88.58 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 41 57.19 50.43
Diabetes Rate 56 52.70 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 89 84.01 81.94
Number of Caregivers 51 77.84 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 73 83.89 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 152 34.82 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 203 55.24 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 39 91.42 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 149 16.61 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 1 100.00 55.90
Total bank deposits 7 2.71 1.72
Tax burden 49 84.59 72.59
Dependency Ratio 144 60.32 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 3 80.56 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 31 48.78 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 31 59.32 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 1 100.00 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 142 13.30 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 198 35.87 47.00
Median Rental Price 218 56.66 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 207 40.97 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 168 19.51 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 3 97.24 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 8 32.84 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 82 16.55 15.92
Cost of assisted living 182 62.92 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 49 89.04 84.74
Cost of adult day services 10 95.12 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 11 81.07 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 16 34.36 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 74 71.86 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 54 11.81 9.69
College Enrollment 235 15.96 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 47 78.65 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 104 8.60 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 155 62.25 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 243 6.14 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 242 37.39 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 218 76.92 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 230 29.46 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 58 20.96 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 151 56.28 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 240 9.59 25.07
Number of YMCAs 16 32.00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 193 23.31 25.37