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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Missoula, MT
#16
OVERALL RANKING
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Missoula, MT


SCORE: 88.27

#17
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.46
 
#34
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 85.39
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.42%
Population 65+:  13,803
Total Population:  111,103

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 222 69.77 75.28 -7.32 %
Health Care 28 56.31 42.45 32.65 %
Wellness 22 90.47 81.88 10.49 %
Financial 34 83.36 77.72 7.26 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
187 64.73 69.85 -7.33 %
Employment / Education 38 74.00 59.20 25.00 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
20 73.27 64.90 12.90 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
6 82.65 54.20 52.49 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Cultural enrichment and economic opportunity

  • Into the arts: numerous cultural facilities, museums, and theaters.
  • State support: one of the highest funding rates for community services.
  • Giving back: high volunteerism and community engagement among older people.
  • Many employed seniors, with a large service sector generating jobs.

Healthy, active lifestyles

  • Outdoor life: one of the lowest obesity and diabetes rates among small metro regions.
  • Activity encouraged: many fitness centers.

Needs Work:


Affordability and safety concerns

  • High cost of living, partly due to rising housing prices.
  • Relatively high crime.
  • Pricey adult day services.

Take Away:


Surrounded by mountain ranges, rivers, and lush parkland, Missoula promotes healthy, active living. Cultural amenities enrich residents and tourists alike. But it's expensive to live here, and the level of reverse-mortgage debt is worrisome.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 233 35.00 52.43
Crime Rate 152 42.24 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 99 80.83 80.02
Unemployment Rate 44 50.32 41.03
Income Distribution 110 86.56 85.72
Weather 196 40.74 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 34 17.32 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 30 20.83 15.54
Number of hospital beds 128 30.41 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 7 87.33 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 36 53.02 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 4 50.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 11 28.81 13.47
Number of psychologists 3 63.46 21.04
Number of nurses 30 33.23 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 1 100.00 35.67
ER Wait Times 181 20.55 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 174 89.53 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 10 67.70 50.43
Diabetes Rate 4 82.85 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 65 85.78 81.94
Number of Caregivers 193 63.87 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 76 83.51 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 12 67.39 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 149 60.39 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 232 54.77 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 71 26.30 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 27 70.51 55.90
Total bank deposits 72 1.38 1.72
Tax burden 43 84.99 72.59
Dependency Ratio 15 82.93 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 95 71.64 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 149 32.62 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 67 53.68 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 158 61.31 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 233 5.12 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 221 32.01 47.00
Median Rental Price 137 70.39 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 227 37.99 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 136 24.24 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 87 75.81 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 25 17.73 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 42 25.13 15.92
Cost of assisted living 40 80.40 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 15 94.02 84.74
Cost of adult day services 240 37.86 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 31 73.48 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 111 8.77 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 51 73.00 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 11 29.95 9.69
College Enrollment 41 40.84 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 4 92.07 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 38 17.80 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 49 68.27 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 20 32.13 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 84 58.39 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 182 80.26 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 185 34.45 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 4 73.81 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 36 75.93 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 186 15.95 25.07
Number of YMCAs 76 13.39 12.40
Funding for Seniors 10 33.82 25.37