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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Provo-Orem, UT
#3
OVERALL RANKING
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Provo-Orem, UT


SCORE: 98.68

#2
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 99.86
 
#1
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 100.00
 
Percent of Population 65+:  6.88%
Population 65+:  37,857
Total Population:  550,230

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General 1 100.00 79.76 25.38 %
Health Care 69 60.40 63.90 -5.48 %
Wellness 2 91.44 78.90 15.89 %
Financial 17 90.09 86.07 4.67 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
10 79.27 71.14 11.43 %
Employment / Education 16 75.12 67.28 11.65 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
9 61.98 51.60 20.12 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
16 76.35 69.00 10.65 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Healthy, active lifestyle

  • Low smoking and binge drinking rates.
  • Fewest diabetes cases among the 100 large metros.
  • Fridges of older adults stocked with fruits and veggies.
  • Low rate of injuries caused by falls.

Learning, enrichment in vibrant economy

  • High employment growth, but lower rank than in our 2012 results.
  • Top of the list in per-capita college enrollment. Community college availability per capita: strong performance.

Safety, security, and sense of community

  • Crime: Police sirens refreshingly rare.
  • Volunteerism rates: one of the top areas for giving back.

Needs Work:


Economic challenges

  • Expensive place to live.
  • Need for growth in small business and financial infrastructure.

Shortage of specialty health care services and professionals

  • Lack of hospitals with Alzheimer's care, MRI clinics, etc.
  • Too few doctors and nurses.

Take Away:


Provo has drawn many older residents in recent years. Slowed economic growth bumped it from its top spot in our 2012 ranking. But its healthy, engaged lifestyles and safe environment shine.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 88 28.72 41.16
Crime Rate 2 90.09 52.52
% Binge drinkers 2 28.72 31.25
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 14 93.04 89.36
Unemployment Rate 8 80.21 58.66
Income Distribution 2 94.32 84.64
Weather 65 46.19 52.41
Fatal Car Crashes 1 100.00 47.41

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 88 32.12 53.69
Number of hospital beds 58 34.81 37.00
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 36 87.50 80.86
Expenses per Inpatient Day 75 52.05 59.97
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 8 58.67 23.49
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 39 36.03 33.40
Number of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 22 47.66 37.47
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 100 .00 11.65
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 6 86.66 34.27
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 100 .00 47.78
% of Magnet Hospitals 100 .00 12.64
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 88 37.99 58.98
Number of psychologists 1 100.00 36.80
Number of Dialysis Centers 82 29.17 43.04
Number of MRI 94 25.82 49.35
Number of nurses 66 54.25 62.23
Number of Physical Therapists 58 56.42 62.13
ER Wait Times 4 90.36 50.86
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 74 90.69 92.17
Obesity Rate 2 96.75 68.86
Obesity rate, population 65+ 97 48.40 62.00
Smoking Rate 1 100.00 30.34
Smoking rate, population 65+ 3 92.31 46.40
Diabetes Rate 1 100.00 68.12
Alzheimer's Cases 4 99.35 84.23
Number of Caregivers 6 85.73 70.99
Life Expectancy at 65 31 89.13 86.93
% of Older Americans with frequent mental distress 28 55.17 50.64
% of Older Americans with no physical activity 34 69.39 67.77
Number of Fitness Centers 95 26.69 49.71
Number of fast food outlets 30 59.62 57.60
Sugary drink consumption 14 89.90 73.64
% of seniors who had fall resulting in injury 4 76.15 53.49
% of seniors regularly consuming fruits and veggies 13 91.66 74.25
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 79 24.44 35.39

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 76 40.73 46.92
Total bank deposits 99 2.88 9.62
Tax burden 25 82.53 69.43
Dependency Ratio 96 68.62 83.13
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 3 95.37 86.48
% of 65+ population below poverty 4 89.27 63.19
Capital Gains as % of AGI 47 53.27 58.71
Income Growth (2007-2012) 26 89.97 87.50
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 98 2.27 13.59
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 47 43.99 42.03
Median Rental Price 49 72.77 71.36
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 99 36.40 55.31
Number of Nursing Beds 85 29.52 48.14
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 17 84.94 67.29
Number of home health-care service providers 39 8.79 9.62
Continuing Care Facilities 7 44.14 23.96
Cost of assisted living 9 79.88 67.75
Nursing-home rating 12 84.73 58.81
% of seniors living in family households 2 99.82 86.22
Cost of adult day services 57 57.35 61.45

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 73 62.74 68.44
65+ Unemployment Rate 53 29.88 33.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 31 90.22 88.77
Output of service sector/manufacturing 75 11.67 21.47
College Enrollment 1 100.00 58.74
Number of community colleges 7 41.36 23.95
Number of Universities 94 18.93 38.00
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 14 86.64 77.23
Number of Passenger Trips 11 24.46 9.95
Mean fare in public transport, population 65+ 91 8.33 18.50
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 42 82.69 81.12
Number of Grocery, etc. 100 23.73 48.05
% of Seniors near grocery 47 85.36 84.82
% of commuters who walk to work 7 70.10 37.98
Special needs transportation 11 55.87 31.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 100 23.89 46.79
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 24 35.41 30.50
Senior Volunteer Rates 2 95.88 60.73
Number of Public Libraries 43 46.14 45.48
Number of YMCAs 100 .00 12.02
Funding for Seniors 82 88.35 91.01