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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Waco, TX
#99
OVERALL RANKING

Waco, TX


SCORE: 80.40

#108
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.95
 
#90
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 81.99
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.13%
Population 65+:  33,766
Total Population:  257,148

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 72 77.70 75.28 3.21 %
Health Care 126 40.81 42.45 -3.86 %
Wellness 189 77.83 81.88 -4.95 %
Financial 58 81.95 77.72 5.44 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
16 82.91 69.85 18.70 %
Employment / Education 153 54.50 59.20 -7.94 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
180 61.05 64.90 -5.93 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
181 47.46 54.20 -12.44 %
(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 56 62.15 52.43
Crime Rate 181 38.32 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 85 81.48 80.02
Unemployment Rate 74 45.39 41.03
Income Distribution 163 83.93 85.72
Weather 101 51.76 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 182 8.02 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 132 12.89 15.54
Number of hospital beds 98 35.14 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 213 50.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 149 54.77 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 28 53.89 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 127 33.40 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 29 24.06 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 120 14.52 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 143 10.75 13.47
Number of psychologists 103 21.28 21.04
Number of nurses 194 17.45 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 230 19.31 35.67
ER Wait Times 138 23.94 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 159 90.16 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 132 49.16 50.43
Diabetes Rate 133 44.04 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 89 84.01 81.94
Number of Caregivers 51 77.84 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 161 79.63 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 221 23.98 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 213 54.39 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 76 86.48 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 231 9.75 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 126 55.26 55.90
Total bank deposits 99 1.29 1.72
Tax burden 49 84.59 72.59
Dependency Ratio 124 61.51 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 59 73.36 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 188 27.37 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 31 59.32 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 56 65.29 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 139 13.61 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 44 59.99 47.00
Median Rental Price 140 69.83 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 132 48.60 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 66 33.54 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 3 97.24 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 16 24.11 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 222 6.32 15.92
Cost of assisted living 182 62.92 70.12
Nursing-home rating 124 31.85 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 64 88.37 84.74
Cost of adult day services 10 95.12 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 183 49.58 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 224 3.95 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 184 66.97 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 204 3.17 9.69
College Enrollment 46 39.75 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 36 80.32 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 168 5.12 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 155 62.25 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 113 15.92 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 113 55.01 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 238 73.40 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 166 36.42 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 154 13.53 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 151 56.28 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 155 18.38 25.07
Number of YMCAs 55 16.87 12.40
Funding for Seniors 193 23.31 25.37