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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Topeka, KS
#60
OVERALL RANKING

Topeka, KS


SCORE: 82.81

#68
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 83.28
 
#78
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.54
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.51%
Population 65+:  36,392
Total Population:  234,668

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 127 74.96 75.28 -.43 %
Health Care 46 52.55 42.45 23.79 %
Wellness 202 77.05 81.88 -5.90 %
Financial 74 80.83 77.72 4.00 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
82 74.51 69.85 6.67 %
Employment / Education 74 63.43 59.20 7.15 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
183 60.63 64.90 -6.58 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
39 64.09 54.20 18.25 %
(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 48 64.17 52.43
Crime Rate 200 35.26 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 79 81.75 80.02
Unemployment Rate 63 47.21 41.03
Income Distribution 36 91.07 85.72
Weather 158 44.59 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 148 9.49 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 160 11.43 15.54
Number of hospital beds 34 51.19 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 192 62.50 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 18 82.41 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 7 58.87 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 100 27.11 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 30 56.25 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 121 14.50 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 77 37.50 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 52 12.50 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 180 8.80 13.47
Number of psychologists 42 32.06 21.04
Number of nurses 33 32.69 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 186 24.57 35.67
ER Wait Times 80 30.00 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 105 92.22 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 206 43.39 50.43
Diabetes Rate 155 42.17 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 206 76.94 81.94
Number of Caregivers 77 75.43 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 126 81.36 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 205 26.28 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 126 62.59 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 183 65.99 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 110 20.50 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 60 65.47 55.90
Total bank deposits 39 1.65 1.72
Tax burden 161 69.05 72.59
Dependency Ratio 223 55.82 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 219 67.81 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 13 63.54 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 95 43.09 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 116 62.70 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 46 29.15 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 75 53.49 47.00
Median Rental Price 79 75.58 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 102 50.09 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 30 41.56 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 37 93.38 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 163 5.07 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 67 19.07 15.92
Cost of assisted living 116 71.23 70.12
Nursing-home rating 111 33.93 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 235 77.36 84.74
Cost of adult day services 217 44.83 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 39 71.26 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 49 16.05 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 154 68.45 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 60 11.07 9.69
College Enrollment 161 21.29 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 42 79.47 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 121 7.47 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 56 67.29 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 159 13.10 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 228 43.01 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 135 84.71 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 73 43.01 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 182 12.28 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 10 92.68 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 73 30.19 25.07
Number of YMCAs 104 11.36 12.40
Funding for Seniors 45 25.13 25.37