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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
#134
OVERALL RANKING

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA


SCORE: 79.28

#71
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 83.06
 
#161
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 78.54
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.16%
Population 65+:  32,420
Total Population:  266,508

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 105 75.50 75.28 0.29 %
Health Care 228 29.83 42.45 -29.73 %
Wellness 5 93.68 81.88 14.41 %
Financial 219 72.07 77.72 -7.27 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
251 48.60 69.85 -30.42 %
Employment / Education 20 79.42 59.20 34.16 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
17 75.29 64.90 16.01 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
146 50.20 54.20 -7.38 %
(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 251 17.28 52.43
Crime Rate 159 41.02 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 211 76.18 80.02
Unemployment Rate 234 26.55 41.03
Income Distribution 178 83.06 85.72
Weather 7 68.73 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 3 29.09 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 53 17.28 15.54
Number of hospital beds 236 15.61 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 224 40.50 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 244 11.17 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 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 92 13.50 13.47
Number of psychologists 17 42.83 21.04
Number of nurses 227 14.32 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 46 47.76 35.67
ER Wait Times 14 50.00 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 195 88.71 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 6 70.78 50.43
Diabetes Rate 10 66.32 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 188 77.38 81.94
Number of Caregivers 224 59.22 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 7 91.58 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 8 72.72 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 89 66.92 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 23 96.55 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 230 9.88 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 185 48.08 55.90
Total bank deposits 105 1.28 1.72
Tax burden 223 53.21 72.59
Dependency Ratio 26 76.33 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 156 69.75 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 114 36.95 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 50 56.77 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 225 58.60 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 251 1.59 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 252 11.02 47.00
Median Rental Price 252 37.28 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 128 48.98 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 199 15.41 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 196 56.63 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 128 6.77 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 83 16.46 15.92
Cost of assisted living 213 60.90 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 217 78.96 84.74
Cost of adult day services 168 51.32 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 4 93.88 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 129 7.75 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 77 71.74 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 70 9.88 9.69
College Enrollment 31 44.67 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 235 58.75 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 15 34.26 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 85 64.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 32 27.96 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 53 63.56 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 44 91.71 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 192 33.74 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 48 22.06 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 169 55.71 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 129 21.87 25.07
Number of YMCAs 107 11.29 12.40
Funding for Seniors 176 23.33 25.37