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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Rockford, IL
#192
OVERALL RANKING

Rockford, IL


SCORE: 76.44

#202
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.92
 
#207
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.59
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.45%
Population 65+:  49,939
Total Population:  345,703

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 244 66.92 75.28 -11.11 %
Health Care 106 42.23 42.45 -.52 %
Wellness 211 76.37 81.88 -6.73 %
Financial 102 78.69 77.72 1.25 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
87 74.32 69.85 6.40 %
Employment / Education 184 50.92 59.20 -13.99 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
183 60.63 64.90 -6.58 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
152 49.92 54.20 -7.90 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 27 68.60 52.43
Crime Rate 192 35.75 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 224 74.97 80.02
Unemployment Rate 237 25.96 41.03
Income Distribution 95 87.59 85.72
Weather 208 39.74 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 86 12.17 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 114 13.66 15.54
Number of hospital beds 147 28.69 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 168 54.12 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 50 20.62 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 145 19.07 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 229 15.80 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 90 20.47 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 29 60.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 35 20.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 109 12.37 13.47
Number of psychologists 107 20.69 21.04
Number of nurses 77 26.85 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 126 33.21 35.67
ER Wait Times 189 19.91 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 143 90.87 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 133 49.07 50.43
Diabetes Rate 148 42.50 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 171 78.72 81.94
Number of Caregivers 150 69.21 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 109 82.14 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 146 35.67 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 83 67.17 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 252 39.36 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 128 18.79 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 155 51.99 55.90
Total bank deposits 115 1.23 1.72
Tax burden 207 58.18 72.59
Dependency Ratio 191 57.89 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 176 69.14 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 27 50.95 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 79 49.22 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 226 58.54 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 23 46.23 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 31 63.12 47.00
Median Rental Price 122 71.84 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 116 49.53 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 18 46.13 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 49 80.57 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 189 4.06 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 186 8.55 15.92
Cost of assisted living 205 61.04 70.12
Nursing-home rating 124 31.85 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 46 89.30 84.74
Cost of adult day services 145 56.52 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 135 55.86 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 229 3.79 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 67 72.27 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 221 2.63 9.69
College Enrollment 217 17.47 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 177 66.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 127 7.28 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 77 64.91 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 228 8.01 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 137 53.43 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 121 85.92 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 123 40.06 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 130 14.56 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 111 62.69 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 178 16.53 25.07
Number of YMCAs 195 3.99 12.40
Funding for Seniors 48 24.82 25.37