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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
#35
OVERALL RANKING

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA


SCORE: 85.23

#41
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 85.52
 
#24
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 86.37
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.17%
Population 65+:  25,559
Total Population:  168,536

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 55 78.85 75.28 4.74 %
Health Care 89 45.03 42.45 6.08 %
Wellness 44 86.43 81.88 5.56 %
Financial 60 81.79 77.72 5.24 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
33 79.71 69.85 14.12 %
Employment / Education 118 57.49 59.20 -2.89 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
30 71.08 64.90 9.52 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
25 69.25 54.20 27.77 %
(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 73 59.76 52.43
Crime Rate 61 56.90 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 39 84.02 80.02
Unemployment Rate 22 57.93 41.03
Income Distribution 8 94.99 85.72
Weather 215 39.70 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 39 16.72 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 163 11.17 15.54
Number of hospital beds 109 33.26 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 66.67 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 13 82.78 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 144 19.09 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 20 63.31 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 18 40.88 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 80 33.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 216 6.67 13.47
Number of psychologists 87 22.57 21.04
Number of nurses 49 29.16 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 111 35.59 35.67
ER Wait Times 79 30.61 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 44 94.70 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 125 49.40 50.43
Diabetes Rate 93 48.27 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 212 73.97 81.94
Number of Caregivers 219 59.85 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 87 83.05 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 140 36.59 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 24 78.66 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 54 89.38 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 32 37.43 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 38 68.46 55.90
Total bank deposits 95 1.31 1.72
Tax burden 137 71.73 72.59
Dependency Ratio 74 65.04 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 90 71.82 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 16 58.30 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 162 33.29 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 54 65.41 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 56 27.34 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 111 48.36 47.00
Median Rental Price 37 80.71 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 123 49.35 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 58 36.13 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 40 89.24 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 139 5.92 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 210 7.31 15.92
Cost of assisted living 31 81.29 70.12
Nursing-home rating 49 48.04 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 138 84.30 84.74
Cost of adult day services 32 75.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 161 53.11 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 72 12.15 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 198 66.27 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 201 3.46 9.69
College Enrollment 53 37.09 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 1 100.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 179 4.55 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 129 63.04 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 18 32.65 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 153 51.33 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 79 88.36 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 86 42.06 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 43 22.76 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 16 89.28 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 18 44.88 25.07
Number of YMCAs 151 8.00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 17 25.91 25.37