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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Sioux Falls, SD
#2
OVERALL RANKING
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Sioux Falls, SD


SCORE: 98.23

#2
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 98.49
 
#2
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 95.45
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.57%
Population 65+:  27,503
Total Population:  237,649

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 31 81.15 75.28 7.80 %
Health Care 5 77.67 42.45 82.97 %
Wellness 47 86.08 81.88 5.13 %
Financial 1 100.00 77.72 28.67 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
107 72.34 69.85 3.56 %
Employment / Education 37 74.07 59.20 25.12 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
95 65.40 64.90 0.77 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
4 91.67 54.20 69.13 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Strong financial base and health-care availability

  • Highest amount of bank deposits per capita among 252 small metros. Many financial institutions in the community.
  • Substantial income growth over the last five years.
  • Price and convenience of care: among the lowest inpatient costs. Short emergency room waits.
  • Large pool of doctors and nurses.
  • Abundant hospitals providing specialty services, such as geriatric, hospice, and rehabilitation.

Cultural and community engagement

  • That's entertainment: numerous cultural attractions such as museums and movie theaters.
  • State funding for agencies to develop community services and keep older adults engaged.
  • Giving back: high volunteerism. Older people active in communities.

Needs Work:


Affordability hardship

  • Housing prices above the median for small metros: possible economic difficulty for older residents.
  • High price tag for adult day services.

Amenities unused, inaccessible

  • Substantial state investment in senior transportation but low annual ridership.
  • Shortage of grocery stores and other conveniences for a growing population.

Take Away:


Continued expansion of its health-care system positions Sioux Falls to meet its growing population's demand for services. Cultural attractions are a draw, but housing may not be affordable for older residents.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 118 53.12 52.43
Crime Rate 76 53.98 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 16 86.39 80.02
Unemployment Rate 7 72.49 41.03
Income Distribution 27 91.68 85.72
Weather 193 41.14 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 102 11.28 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 17 25.55 15.54
Number of hospital beds 23 57.55 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 213 50.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 3 96.06 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 35 33.38 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 14 62.50 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 11 77.21 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 26 27.25 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 9 50.80 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 32 19.45 13.47
Number of psychologists 97 21.62 21.04
Number of nurses 3 66.38 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 25 54.65 35.67
ER Wait Times 7 56.25 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 2 99.69 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 85 52.31 50.43
Diabetes Rate 47 53.91 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 210 74.51 81.94
Number of Caregivers 212 61.29 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 90 82.84 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 35 55.60 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 65 69.89 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 229 55.98 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 33 37.21 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 4 89.18 55.90
Total bank deposits 1 100.00 1.72
Tax burden 39 86.49 72.59
Dependency Ratio 91 63.39 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 35 74.25 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 127 35.67 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 20 70.84 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 21 67.83 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 148 12.81 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 195 37.76 47.00
Median Rental Price 90 74.61 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 225 38.18 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 95 27.90 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 57 79.21 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 111 7.58 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 41 25.23 15.92
Cost of assisted living 6 89.48 70.12
Nursing-home rating 77 42.65 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 172 82.68 84.74
Cost of adult day services 133 59.09 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 22 77.23 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 15 35.00 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 17 76.16 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 38 14.13 9.69
College Enrollment 176 20.38 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 17 85.31 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 124 7.39 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 10 76.75 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 139 14.11 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 186 48.53 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 78 88.42 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 211 32.09 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 7 64.39 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 12 91.96 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 12 50.47 25.07
Number of YMCAs 165 6.50 12.40
Funding for Seniors 7 43.81 25.37