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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Rapid City, SD
#5
OVERALL RANKING
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Rapid City, SD


SCORE: 91.35

#8
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 92.52
 
#13
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 88.14
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.59%
Population 65+:  20,247
Total Population:  138,781

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 62 78.44 75.28 4.20 %
Health Care 23 57.33 42.45 35.05 %
Wellness 108 82.46 81.88 0.71 %
Financial 6 89.38 77.72 15.00 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
147 68.29 69.85 -2.23 %
Employment / Education 11 82.04 59.20 38.58 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
141 62.85 64.90 -3.16 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
1 100.00 54.20 84.50 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Strong, stable economy for encore careers

  • Unemployment rate for adults 65+ among the lowest of small metro areas.
  • Flourishing small businesses. Steady income growth over the past five years.

Cultural activities and community engagement

  • Let's play: plenty of recreational activities. State investment in community services aimed at engaging older residents.
  • High rates of volunteerism: older people active in the community.

Needs Work:


Unhealthy behaviors and lack of specialty care

  • Poor choices: too many fast food outlets and too many sugary drinks guzzled.
  • High rates of Alzheimer's disease but no hospitals with Alzheimer's units.
  • Help needed: among the smallest pools of home health-care providers and few continuing-care facilities.

Inadequate access to conveniences

  • Long distance to grocery stores for many older people, as well as a shortage of such outlets and other conveniences.
  • Low ridership on public transportation.

Take Away:


Recreational and cultural lures—don't miss the downtown City of Presidents—combine with a strong economy to boost Rapid City's appeal. Concerns include unhealthy eating, meager access to conveniences, and a lack of home health-care providers, caregivers, and nursing beds.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 101 55.18 52.43
Crime Rate 151 42.30 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 34 84.38 80.02
Unemployment Rate 14 65.80 41.03
Income Distribution 18 93.03 85.72
Weather 176 42.47 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 136 10.10 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 67 16.06 15.54
Number of hospital beds 12 60.82 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 245 28.57 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 3 96.06 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 38 47.27 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 28 58.74 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 10 50.71 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 69 42.86 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 79 14.16 13.47
Number of psychologists 19 41.95 21.04
Number of nurses 32 32.83 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 65 43.98 35.67
ER Wait Times 51 35.71 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 60 93.97 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 61 54.04 50.43
Diabetes Rate 68 50.88 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 210 74.51 81.94
Number of Caregivers 212 61.29 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 20 87.75 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 73 47.61 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 141 61.43 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 230 55.47 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 76 25.38 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 41 67.82 55.90
Total bank deposits 114 1.24 1.72
Tax burden 39 86.49 72.59
Dependency Ratio 132 60.91 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 15 75.40 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 33 48.42 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 20 70.84 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 30 67.22 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 129 14.58 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 151 43.26 47.00
Median Rental Price 149 68.82 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 183 44.32 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 165 20.06 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 57 79.21 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 238 1.68 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 135 11.86 15.92
Cost of assisted living 6 89.48 70.12
Nursing-home rating 126 30.77 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 220 78.63 84.74
Cost of adult day services 133 59.09 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 28 74.29 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 7 58.64 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 54 72.85 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 23 22.36 9.69
College Enrollment 120 24.22 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 22 83.89 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 189 4.09 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 10 76.75 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 109 16.18 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 154 51.29 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 211 77.90 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 115 40.46 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 3 82.33 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 12 91.96 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 58 32.19 25.07
Number of YMCAs 39 19.78 12.40
Funding for Seniors 7 43.81 25.37