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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Springfield, MO
#109
OVERALL RANKING

Springfield, MO


SCORE: 80.07

#107
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.96
 
#130
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 79.95
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.67%
Population 65+:  65,236
Total Population:  444,592

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 174 72.55 75.28 -3.63 %
Health Care 132 39.47 42.45 -7.02 %
Wellness 120 81.69 81.88 -.23 %
Financial 111 78.04 77.72 0.41 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
30 80.22 69.85 14.85 %
Employment / Education 83 62.52 59.20 5.61 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
161 62.20 64.90 -4.16 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
113 52.69 54.20 -2.79 %
(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 123 52.87 52.43
Crime Rate 242 29.38 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 125 79.85 80.02
Unemployment Rate 56 48.35 41.03
Income Distribution 94 87.63 85.72
Weather 137 46.37 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 172 8.37 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 122 13.22 15.54
Number of hospital beds 126 30.45 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 120 83.33 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 145 54.85 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 126 22.07 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 177 24.38 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 37 13.41 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 114 15.78 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 136 16.67 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 97 13.22 13.47
Number of psychologists 172 14.51 21.04
Number of nurses 64 27.94 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 74 42.29 35.67
ER Wait Times 101 28.04 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 129 91.44 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 144 47.95 50.43
Diabetes Rate 98 47.10 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 179 78.32 81.94
Number of Caregivers 116 73.29 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 152 80.20 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 87 45.57 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 190 56.65 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 43 90.54 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 173 14.48 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 54 65.97 55.90
Total bank deposits 66 1.41 1.72
Tax burden 101 78.89 72.59
Dependency Ratio 102 62.86 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 112 70.97 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 160 31.15 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 147 35.98 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 150 61.59 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 79 21.30 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 88 52.11 47.00
Median Rental Price 63 77.94 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 154 47.11 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 59 35.82 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 32 94.00 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 57 11.58 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 109 14.32 15.92
Cost of assisted living 74 75.29 70.12
Nursing-home rating 13 63.09 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 162 83.41 84.74
Cost of adult day services 129 60.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 144 55.03 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 23 27.00 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 197 66.28 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 64 10.43 9.69
College Enrollment 62 32.01 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 130 70.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 170 5.01 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 150 62.45 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 157 13.18 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 164 50.67 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 52 90.76 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 108 40.69 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 165 12.99 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 60 69.97 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 156 18.22 25.07
Number of YMCAs 133 9.24 12.40
Funding for Seniors 88 23.72 25.37