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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
#71
OVERALL RANKING

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA


SCORE: 81.89

#48
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 84.75
 
#33
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 85.42
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.37%
Population 65+:  57,552
Total Population:  430,426

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 4 91.77 75.28 21.90 %
Health Care 213 31.29 42.45 -26.29 %
Wellness 7 92.89 81.88 13.45 %
Financial 216 72.20 77.72 -7.10 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
241 53.30 69.85 -23.69 %
Employment / Education 50 68.01 59.20 14.88 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
11 78.54 64.90 21.02 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
122 52.02 54.20 -4.02 %
(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 252 16.97 52.43
Crime Rate 72 54.72 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 130 79.73 80.02
Unemployment Rate 149 37.18 41.03
Income Distribution 199 81.59 85.72
Weather 2 91.70 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 48 15.66 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 63 16.28 15.54
Number of hospital beds 208 19.36 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 193 7.97 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 237 13.18 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 147 8.59 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 127 20.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 78 14.31 13.47
Number of psychologists 191 12.59 21.04
Number of nurses 182 18.40 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 108 35.91 35.67
ER Wait Times 96 28.41 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 126 91.56 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 3 76.35 50.43
Diabetes Rate 15 65.10 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 188 77.38 81.94
Number of Caregivers 224 59.22 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 6 91.78 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 44 53.21 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 110 64.62 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 21 96.58 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 162 15.12 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 96 59.82 55.90
Total bank deposits 22 1.80 1.72
Tax burden 223 53.21 72.59
Dependency Ratio 61 66.55 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 91 71.74 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 147 32.80 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 50 56.77 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 223 58.74 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 248 2.66 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 251 11.86 47.00
Median Rental Price 251 39.44 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 68 52.89 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 198 15.62 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 196 56.63 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 148 5.53 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 34 28.28 15.92
Cost of assisted living 213 60.90 70.12
Nursing-home rating 6 74.36 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 169 82.84 84.74
Cost of adult day services 168 51.32 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 40 71.24 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 148 6.48 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 131 69.40 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 77 9.39 9.69
College Enrollment 34 43.57 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 34 80.75 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 17 30.87 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 85 64.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 28 28.93 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 37 66.15 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 59 89.80 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 156 37.08 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 31 28.20 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 169 55.71 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 191 14.83 25.07
Number of YMCAs 164 6.66 12.40
Funding for Seniors 176 23.33 25.37