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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Rochester, MN
#7
OVERALL RANKING
Mayors Pledge

Rochester, MN


SCORE: 90.91

#21
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.24
 
#5
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 91.65
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.34%
Population 65+:  30,071
Total Population:  209,693

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 17 83.00 75.28 10.26 %
Health Care 2 88.97 42.45 109.59 %
Wellness 15 91.68 81.88 11.97 %
Financial 229 70.92 77.72 -8.75 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
179 65.67 69.85 -5.98 %
Employment / Education 94 60.82 59.20 2.74 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
103 64.90 64.90 0.00 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
23 69.51 54.20 28.25 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Abundant health-care providers and specialty services

  • Large pool of doctors, nurses, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists.
  • Hospitals with Alzheimer's units and top-rated nursing homes.
  • Abundance of hospital beds.

Healthy lifestyle

  • Quality of life: favorable life expectancy trends for 65-year-olds compared to other small metro areas.
  • Health consciousness: few fast food outlets per capita. Lower than average obesity rates.

Equitable economy and safe neighborhoods

  • Low income disparity and unemployment.
  • Among the lowest rates of crime and fatal car crashes in small metro regions.

Needs Work:


Financial challenges

  • One of the highest tax burdens among small metro regions.
  • Sluggish entrepreneurial activity: few small businesses in expansion mode.
  • Slow growth in leisure, hospitality, and other sectors.

Expensive living options for mature residents

  • High price tag for semiprivate nursing rooms and adult day services.
  • Shortage of top-rated nursing homes.
  • High cost of living.

Take Away:


Known for the Mayo Clinic, which anchors its quality health care, Rochester boasts an expanding economy and growing pool of medical professionals and care options. But job opportunities for older people are stagnant and living options are costly.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 71 59.93 52.43
Crime Rate 8 78.86 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 79 81.75 80.02
Unemployment Rate 15 63.71 41.03
Income Distribution 35 91.20 85.72
Weather 229 38.56 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 8 25.43 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 1 100.00 15.54
Number of hospital beds 17 59.96 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 200 60.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 102 60.05 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 161 15.78 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 165 26.13 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 24 28.64 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 252 .00 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 71 40.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 35 20.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 1 100.00 13.47
Number of psychologists 95 21.79 21.04
Number of nurses 1 100.00 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 13 64.43 35.67
ER Wait Times 153 22.73 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 79 93.14 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 38 57.42 50.43
Diabetes Rate 24 59.37 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 128 80.91 81.94
Number of Caregivers 166 66.64 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 10 90.41 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 118 39.91 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 26 78.30 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 88 84.19 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 25 39.61 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 151 52.70 55.90
Total bank deposits 23 1.79 1.72
Tax burden 221 55.54 72.59
Dependency Ratio 172 58.90 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 106 71.21 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 155 31.50 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 115 37.66 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 97 63.41 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 99 18.74 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 148 43.87 47.00
Median Rental Price 147 68.91 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 195 42.83 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 170 19.46 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 153 63.23 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 76 9.59 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 79 16.86 15.92
Cost of assisted living 45 79.75 70.12
Nursing-home rating 188 22.32 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 119 85.03 84.74
Cost of adult day services 153 54.93 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 62 66.77 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 42 18.17 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 148 68.80 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 110 6.53 9.69
College Enrollment 182 20.05 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 31 81.18 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 66 11.63 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 239 57.26 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 82 19.26 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 216 44.69 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 43 91.80 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 130 39.77 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 44 22.60 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 5 97.68 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 64 31.27 25.07
Number of YMCAs 78 13.20 12.40
Funding for Seniors 155 23.39 25.37