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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Wausau, WI
#94
OVERALL RANKING

Wausau, WI


SCORE: 80.58

#109
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.81
 
#117
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.58
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.02%
Population 65+:  20,225
Total Population:  134,681

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 143 74.33 75.28 -1.26 %
Health Care 64 48.94 42.45 15.29 %
Wellness 116 81.90 81.88 0.02 %
Financial 184 73.96 77.72 -4.84 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
97 73.54 69.85 5.28 %
Employment / Education 90 61.17 59.20 3.33 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
200 59.67 64.90 -8.06 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
47 60.91 54.20 12.38 %
(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 94 57.30 52.43
Crime Rate 6 82.40 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 233 74.28 80.02
Unemployment Rate 103 41.32 41.03
Income Distribution 173 83.29 85.72
Weather 235 37.91 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 139 9.80 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 64 16.14 15.54
Number of hospital beds 72 42.02 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 66.67 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 185 53.99 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 36 48.00 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 93 39.80 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 60 25.72 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 80 33.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 11 33.33 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 65 15.58 13.47
Number of psychologists 174 14.20 21.04
Number of nurses 120 22.85 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 69 43.42 35.67
ER Wait Times 33 39.47 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 214 87.10 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 105 50.59 50.43
Diabetes Rate 78 49.81 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 134 80.40 81.94
Number of Caregivers 244 46.93 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 65 84.44 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 63 49.06 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 21 79.22 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 244 39.94 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 28 38.55 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 44 67.18 55.90
Total bank deposits 34 1.69 1.72
Tax burden 198 59.96 72.59
Dependency Ratio 177 58.62 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 78 72.36 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 56 45.14 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 134 36.53 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 210 59.47 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 122 15.53 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 109 48.65 47.00
Median Rental Price 77 75.80 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 140 48.23 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 77 30.87 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 179 60.52 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 143 5.63 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 3 50.14 15.92
Cost of assisted living 118 70.74 70.12
Nursing-home rating 94 35.90 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 71 87.77 84.74
Cost of adult day services 103 61.90 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 42 70.96 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 37 18.78 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 229 64.19 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 206 3.13 9.69
College Enrollment 169 20.74 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 34 80.75 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 109 8.40 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 210 58.70 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 136 14.35 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 241 37.47 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 89 87.78 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 94 41.65 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 152 13.74 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 22 86.57 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 94 26.74 25.07
Number of YMCAs 120 10.05 12.40
Funding for Seniors 130 23.51 25.37