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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Springfield, IL
#56
OVERALL RANKING

Springfield, IL


SCORE: 83.36

#58
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 84.09
 
#91
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 81.94
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.63%
Population 65+:  31,009
Total Population:  211,973

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 207 70.62 75.28 -6.19 %
Health Care 21 59.23 42.45 39.53 %
Wellness 109 82.37 81.88 0.60 %
Financial 110 78.06 77.72 0.44 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
144 68.61 69.85 -1.78 %
Employment / Education 51 67.91 59.20 14.71 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
136 63.17 64.90 -2.67 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
70 57.24 54.20 5.61 %
(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 92 57.95 52.43
Crime Rate 229 31.04 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 71 82.12 80.02
Unemployment Rate 127 39.42 41.03
Income Distribution 70 88.79 85.72
Weather 166 43.12 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 109 11.02 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 12 32.77 15.54
Number of hospital beds 53 46.88 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 34 33.44 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 163 15.45 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 169 25.60 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 33 33.15 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 1 100.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 9 37.02 13.47
Number of psychologists 45 30.47 21.04
Number of nurses 29 33.56 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 122 34.12 35.67
ER Wait Times 91 28.85 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 65 93.69 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 164 46.72 50.43
Diabetes Rate 166 41.44 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 171 78.72 81.94
Number of Caregivers 150 69.21 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 111 81.98 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 71 47.79 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 194 56.53 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 50 89.69 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 108 20.74 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 69 64.17 55.90
Total bank deposits 18 1.95 1.72
Tax burden 207 58.18 72.59
Dependency Ratio 118 61.92 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 141 70.19 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 36 48.07 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 79 49.22 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 125 62.37 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 60 26.83 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 120 46.59 47.00
Median Rental Price 106 73.46 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 154 47.11 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 84 30.27 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 49 80.57 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 179 4.41 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 148 10.33 15.92
Cost of assisted living 205 61.04 70.12
Nursing-home rating 193 20.51 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 226 77.88 84.74
Cost of adult day services 145 56.52 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 37 71.86 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 54 15.29 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 38 73.83 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 16 25.37 9.69
College Enrollment 154 21.42 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 47 78.65 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 67 11.53 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 77 64.91 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 133 14.55 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 129 53.99 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 209 78.00 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 111 40.57 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 47 22.12 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 111 62.69 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 70 30.62 25.07
Number of YMCAs 43 19.40 12.40
Funding for Seniors 48 24.82 25.37