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Methodology


 

Living Arrangement Indicators

Weights*
Indicator
Methodology
Year
100 large
252 small
Median house price
Divided by corresponding U.S. value
The lowest value receives a score of 100
Data sources: National Association of Realtors, Moody's Analytics
2012 0.136 0.145
Median rental price
Divided by corresponding U.S. value
The lowest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Census Bureau
2012 0.173 0.211
% of households with residents 65+
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Census Bureau
2012 0.055 0.041
Number of nursing beds
Per population 65+
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, Census Bureau, Milken Institute
2011 0.038 0.059
Cost of semiprivate nursing room
Average daily cost, divided by corresponding U.S. value (state-level data)
The lowest value receives a score of 100
Data source: MetLife Mature Market Institute
2012 0.142 0.119
Home health-care service providers
Per population 65+, NAICS code: 6216
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Moody's Analytics
2012 0.095 0.094
Cost of adult day services***
Average daily cost, divided by corresponding U.S. value (state-level data)
The lowest value receives a score of 100
Data source: MetLife Mature Market Institute
2012 0.050 0.110
% of seniors living in family households***
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Census Bureau
This indicator moved from Wellness
2012 0.090 0.050
Continuing-care facilities
Number of facilities per population 65+, NAICS code: 62331
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Census Bureau
2011 0.038 0.064
Cost of assisted living
Average monthly cost, divided by corresponding U.S. value (state-level data)
The lowest value receives a score of 100
Data source: MetLife Mature Market Institute
2012 0.091 0.045
Nursing home rating
Percent with 5-star rating
The highest value receives a score of 100
Data source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
2011 0.092 0.063
* Figures may not add up to 1 due to rounding.
** Used only for large metros.
*** New variable.

This year we moved the percentage of seniors living in family households into the living arrangements subcomponent from wellness, because it more closely describes the living situation of older adults. This indicator differs from the percentage of households with residents age 65 and older because it specifies the household type as being a "family household." For example, older residents could be living with their children, grandchildren, spouses, etc.

The MetLife Mature Market Institute provides data for a few of our living arrangement indicators, including the cost of semiprivate nursing rooms and cost of assisted living. In addition to including these indicators again, we have added a new indicator, the cost of adult day services. Adult day service centers provide older adults with health, social, and therapeutic activities. These centers may be connected to a nursing home or assisted-living community, or they may be freestanding facilities. Older adults have the ability to better age in place when they are able to access recreational, health-care, and rehabilitation services.

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