Archive for the ‘Rankings’ Category

Who Volunteers?!

May 13, 2019

And where does your state rank?  Here are the states with the highest and lowest percentages of seniors (age 65+) who reported having volunteered over the course of the past year.

Highest percentage
1. Utah (45.0%)
2. Minnesota (36.6%)
3. South Dakota (36.3%)
4. North Dakota (36.1%)
5. Nebraska (35.4%)
6. Kansas (34.6%)
7. Wisconsin (34.5%)
8. Vermont (34.2%)
9. Iowa (33.4%)
10. Maine (29.9%)
10. Delaware (29.9%)
10. Washongton (29.9%)

Lowest pecentage
1. Nevada (16.8%)
2. Louisiana (17.4%)
3. New York (17.6%)
4. Florida (18.7%)
5. Kentucky (18.9%)
6. Hawaii (19.2%)
7. Arkansas (19.6%)
8. Rhode Island (20.1%)
9. Georgia (20.3%)
9. Mississippi (20.3%)
10. West Virginia (21.0%)
10. New Mexico (21.0%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, April 2019, and 2018 “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report,” and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Seniors and Social Isolation!

April 30, 2019

Wikipedia defines social isolation as “a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society. It differs from loneliness, which reflects temporary and involuntary lack of contact with other humans in the world.”   Social isolation has a connection to mortality and morbidity and can therefore affect one’s quality of life.  Here are the rankings of the states in which older people have the highest and lowest risk of social isolation (courtesy of the American Association of Retired Persons).

Highest risk
1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Kentucky
4. Alabama
5. New Mexico
6. West Virginia
7. New York

Lowest risk
1. Utah
2. New Hampshire
3. Delaware
4. Minnesota
5. Colorado
6. Iowa
7. Arizona

Source: AARP Bulletin, March 2019, p. 48; and, Senior Report, 2018.  See all the state rankings at americashealthrankings.org.

Readmittance?!

March 7, 2019

One would expect that once you are admitted into a hospital, you remain there until the problem has been fixed, right?  Well, not always.  There will always be a percentage of folks that will have to be readmitted for whatever reason . . . and while these numbers are relatively low, anytime you have to be readmitted, it is probably not going to be enjoyable even when you are young and in the prime of your life.  Then when you factor in those of an advanced age . . . even less enjoyable (and possibly more life threatening).  Here are the numbers of the best states and worse states when it comes to the percentage of medicare patients ages 65+ who were readmitted to the hospital within 30- days of their discharge.

Lowest percentage
1. Hawaii (12.2.%)
2. Utah (12.3%)
3. Idaho (12.5%)
4. Alaska (12.8%)
4. Montana (12.8%)
6. Colorado (12.9%)
7. South Dakota (13.2%)
8. New Mexico (13.7%)
8. Oregon (13.7%)
10. Washington (13.8%)
10. Vermont (13.8%)

Highest percentage
1. West Virginia (15.7%)
2. Mississippi (15.6%)
2. Nevada (15.6%)
4. Florida (15.5.%)
4. New York (15.5.%)
4. Missouri (15.5%)
7. Kentucky (15.4%)
7. Michigan (15.4%)
9. Louisiana (15.3%)
9. Arkansas (15.3%)
9. Tennessee (15.3%)
9. Massachusetts (15.3%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, November 2018, p. 44; 2018 America’s Health Ranking Senior Report.

It’s Flu Season . . . Have You Gotten Your Shot?!

October 11, 2018

How does your state rank when it comes to flu vaccination for senior adults?  Here are the states with the highest (as well as the lowest) percentage of seniors (age 65+) who have reported getting a flu vaccine in the past year.

Highest percentage
1. West Virginia (67.5%)
2. Iowa (67.0%)
3.  Pennsylvania (65.5%)
4.  Missouri (64.9%)
5. Colorado (64.7%)
5. North Carolina (64.7%)
7. Oklahoma (64.3%)
8. South Dakota (63.4%)
9.  Virginia (63.0%)
10. Minnesota (62.9%)

Lowest percentage
1. Wisconsin (49.5%)
2. Oregon (51.5%)
3. Louisiana (51.6%)
4. Washington, DC (51.7%)
5.  Arizona (53.4%)
6. Idaho (53.6%)
7.  Arkansas (53.9%)
7.  Alaska (53.9%)
9. Nevada (54.1%)
10. Nebraska (54.8%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, October 2018 issue, p. 48; America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018.

AARP’s Livability Index!

September 22, 2018

AARP rates every U.S. city, town, and neighborhood on seven categories (from more than 50 unique data sources) to come up with their livability index.  The categories include:

  • Health (prevention, access, and quality)
    • The best cities. . . East Palo Alto, Calif., and Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Housing (affordability and access)
    • The best city. . . Sun City, Ariz.
  • Engagement (civic and social involvement)
    • The best city . . . Fruit Cove, Fla.
  • Opportunity (inclusion and possibilities)
    • The best city . . . Tooele, Utah
  • Environment (clean air and water)
    • The best cities . . . Quincy, Ill., Anderson, S.C., Bloomington, Ind.*, Kent, Ohio*
  • Neighborhoods (access to life, work, and play)
    • The best cities . . . West New York, N.J., and Hoboken, N.J.*
  • Transportation (safe and convenient options)
    • The best city . . . Union City, N.J.

The most livable BIG cities (population of at least 500,000)
1. San Francisco, Calif.*
2. Boston, Mass.*
3. Seattle, Wash.*
4. Denver, Colo.*
5. Milwaukee, Wisc.*
6. New York, N.Y.*
7. Portland, Ore.*
8. Austin, Texas*
9. Philadelphia, Pa.*
10. Washington, D.C.*

The most livable small cities (population 100,000 to 499,999)
1. Madison, Wis.*
2. Arlington, Va.
3. St. Paul, Minn.
4. Boulder, Colo.*
5. Minneapolis, Minn.*
6. Rochester, Minn.*
7. Cambridge, Mass.*
8. Columbia, Md.
9. Alexandria, Va.
10. Berkeley, Calif.*

The most livable towns (population 25,000 to 99,999)
1. Fitchburg, Wis.
2. Sheboygan, Wis.
3. LaCross, Wis.*
4. Lafayette, Colo.
5. Silver Spring, Md.
6. Sun Prairie, Wis.
7. Bismark, N.D.
8. Brookline, Mass.
9. Harrisburg, Pa.
10. Portland, Maine*

*includes a major four-year university

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, pp. 34-35.

 

Where Are The Voters?!

August 28, 2018

How well does your state turn out for elections?  The United States Election Project looked at the data (state by state) to see the percentage of the eligible population that voted in the 2014 midterm election.  Below are the states that had the highest as well as the lowest percentage turnouts.

Highest percentage
1. Maine (58.1%)
2. Wisconsin (56.6%)
3. Alaska (54.2%)
4. Colorado (53.7%)
5. Minnesota (50.4%)
6. Oregon (50.9%)
7. Iowa (49.8%)
8. New Hampshire (47.6%)
9. Montana (46.9%)
10. South Dakota (44.3%)

Lowest percentage
1. Indiana (27.8%)
2. New York (28.2%)
3. Texas (28.3%)
4. Tennessee (28.6%)
5. Mississippi (29.0%)
6. Nevada (29.3%)
7. Oklahoma (29.9%)
7. California (29.9%)
9. New Jersey (31.1%)
10. West Virginia (31.2%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2018, p. 42, and the United States Elections Project.

Your Sales Tax is How High?!

May 29, 2018

Sales taxes (combined state and local sales tax rates) vary widely from state to state.  Do you know how your state fares?  Here are the most-taxed states as well as the least-taxed states courtesy of the May 2018 AARP Bulletin (sales tax rates as of January 1, 2018).

Highest Taxes
1. Louisiana (10.0%)
2. Tennessee (9.5%)
3. Arkansas (9.4%)
4. Washington (9.2%)
5. Alabama (9.1%)
6. Oklahoma (8.9%)
7. Kansas (8.7%)
7. Illinois (8.7%)
9.  New York (8.5%)
9. California (8.5%)
10. Arizona (8.3%)

Lowest Taxes
1. Montana (0.0%)
1. Oregon (0.0%)
1. (Delaware (0.0%)
1. New Hampshire (0.0%)
5. Alaska (1.8%)
6. Hawaii (4.4%)
7. Wisconsin (5.4%)
8. Wyoming (5.5%)
9. Virginia (5.6%)
10. Maryland (6.0%)
10. Kentucky (6.0%)
10. Idaho (6.0%)
10. Michigan (6.0%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, May 2018, p. 36; The Tax Foundation.  Note: the local sales tax was computed by averaging across the entire state.

Graduation!

May 7, 2018

Happy Monday!  Tonight is our campus’ spring 2018 commencement ceremony.  With most campuses around the country following suit over the next several weeks, employability rankings seem like a most appropriate topic to post.

“A global employability ranking, designed by HR consultancy Emerging, conducted by research institute Trendence and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.”

Lo and behold!  Michigan State University (my undergraduate alma mater) comes in at #22 in the United States (#81 in the world).  While all eight (8) of the Ivy League schools finished in the top 25 nationally, Michigan State was the highest ranked Big Ten school and the only Big Ten school to finish in the top 25.  Go Green!

Source: www.timeshighereducation.com

How Do You Feel?!

April 28, 2018

The April issue of the AARP Bulletin examined the state-by-state rankings based upon the percentage of seniors (aged 65+) who “self-report” that their health is very good or excellent.

Who reports being healthy the most?
1. Colorado (52.3%)
2. New Hampshire (51.3%)
3.  Vermont (48.6%)
4. Minnesota (48.4%)
5. Idaho (48.3%)
6. Maine (48.0%)
7. Massachusetts (47.9%)
8. Montana (46.4%)
9. Utah (46.3%)
10. Arizona (45.6%)

Who reports being healthy the least?
1. Mississippi (29.0%)
2. Alabama (30.3%)
3. Oklahoma (32.3%) – yikes!
4. Louisiana (32.6%)
5. West Virginia (33.7%)
6. Kentucky (34.2%)
7. Arkansas (34.9%)
8. Tennessee (35.9%)
9. North Carolina (36.9%)
10. Texas (38.2%)
10. New York (38.2%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, April 2018, p. 40; CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; 2017 America’s Healthy Rankings Senior Report.

Looking for a Nursing Home?!

April 19, 2018

So, what are the chances that you will be able to find a bed in a quality, highly-rated facility in your state?  Here’s the breakdown (courtesy of the AARP Bulletin) by percentage of beds by state (highest versus lowest).

Highest percentage
1. Maine (56%)
1. Washington (56%)
3. Utah (55%)
3. Vermont (55%)
3. Minnesota (55%)
3. District of Columbia (55%)
7. Delaware (54%)
7. Rhode Island (54%)
9. New Hampshire (53%)
9. Colorado (53%)
10. New Jersey (52%)
10. Arizona (52%)
10. Idaho (52%)
10. Montana (52%)

Lowest percentage
1.West Virginia (26%)
2. Louisiana (27%)
3. North Carolina (28%)
3. Texas (28%)
5. Kentucky (30%)
6. Georgia (32%)
6. Oklahoma (32%)
6. New Mexico (32%)
9. Virginia (35%)
9. Illinois (35%)
9. Pennsylvania (35%)
10. Alabama (37%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, March 2018 issue, p. 44; U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; America’s Health Rankings/United Health Foundation.  All percentages are rounded.