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Methodology


 

Community Engagement Indicators

Weights*
Indicator
Methodology
Year
100 large
252 small
Percent of population 65+
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Census Bureau
2012 0.100 0.150
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreational facilities
Museums, movie theaters, dance companies, gambling halls, amusement parks, etc.
Composite score from average per capita and per population 65+ calculations
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Census Bureau
2012 0.170 0.268
Senior volunteer rates
Number of 65+ volunteers divided by population 65+ (state-level data)
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data sources: Corporation for National & Community Service, Milken Institute
2012 0.240 0.236
Number of public libraries
Composite score from average per capita and per population 65+ calculations
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Institute of Museum and Library Services
2012 0.219 0.098
Number of YMCAs
Composite score from average per capita and per population 65+ calculations
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data sources: Dun & Bradstreet, YMCA
2014 0.112 0.069
Funding for seniors
State funding (Title III) for seniors per population 65+, divided by U.S. value
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Administration on Aging
2012 0.160 0.180
* Figures may not add up to 1 due to rounding.
** Used only for large metros.
*** New variable.

Both accessibility of recreation and a community's cultural activities are important because they help older adults remain active and avoid isolation. We kept the same group of indicators as the initial index, with a few differences in the methodologies used. We updated the number of arts, entertainment, and recreational facilities to include movie theaters. We removed golf courses, ski resorts, marinas, and bowling alleys, as these were included in the wellness category.

We maintained the senior volunteer rates to be consistent with estimates from the Corp. for National and Community Service, and updated the method to include the latest definition, which gives three-year pooled estimates of older adult volunteers by state. Metros falling in more than one state were aggregated accordingly.