Archive for the ‘Rankings’ Category

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.

Plugged In!

January 25, 2018

In our modern world, electricity is king.  And for some seniors, relying on electricity to keep their home health equipment running is a life-preserving reality.  How many seniors would be at risk in the event of a power failure?  Here are the state comparisons of the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries who currently rely on electricity to keep their equipment running.  Oklahoma came in at 6.2% (middle of the pack).

Highest percentage
1. Wyoming (12.7%)
2. Colorado (11.9%)
3. Utah (11.1%)
4. New Mexico (9.8%)
5. West Virginia (8.2%)
6. Kentucky (7.6%)
7. Arkansas (7.3%)
7. Nevada (7.3%)
9. Idaho (7.0%)
9. Tennessee (7.0%)

Lowest percentage
1. Hawaii (2.1%)
2. District of Columbia (2.5%)
3. Rhode Island (2.6%)
4. New Jersey (3.1%)
5. Massachusetts (3.2%)
6. California (3.3%)
7. Maryland (3.4%)
7. New York (3.4%)
9. Connecticut (3.5%)
9. Wisconsin (3.5%)
9. Minnesota (3.5%)
9. Alaska (3.5%)

Sources: Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; AARP Bulletin, December 2017, p. 34.

These Stats are Smokin’!

December 7, 2017

I know that smoking is somewhat passe these days and the number of smokers has dropped significantly (in the 1960s, approximately 42% of Americans smoked; by 2014 this percentage had dropped to 15.1% of all adults in 2015 (courtesy of the Center for Disease Control).  But when it comes to seniors (age 65+) how do the State rankings fare?  Here are the rankings by state of the percentages of seniors who currently smoke.

Highest percentage:
1. Tennessee (13.8%)
2. Oklahoma (13.0%)
3. Kentucky (12.3%)
3. Nevada (12.3%)
5. Arkansas (11.4%)
5. Louisiana (11.4%)
7. Indiana (10.9%)
8. New Mexico (10.8%)
9. West Virginia (10.7%)
9. Mississippi (10.7%)

Lowest percentage:
1. Utah (5.2%)
2. Hawaii (6.1%)
2. California (6.1%)
4. Texas (6.7%)
4. New Hampshire (6.7%)
6. Connecticut (7.3%)
7. Minnesota (7.4%)
8. Rhode Island (7.5%)
8. New Jersey (7.5%)
10. Maryland (7.6%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, November 2017, p. 44; America’s Health Rankings 2017 Senior Report.

Are You Visiting Your Dentist?!

November 29, 2017

Most people would probably self-report that they do not enjoying going to the dentist. And, there is probably a good chunk of the population that fails to go for economic reasons.  When you look at the senior population (aged 65+) the percentage varies drastically from state to state.  Here are the states with the highest percentage of seniors visiting dental professionals as well as the states with the lowest percentages.

Highest percentages
1.  Hawaii (78.1%)
2.  Minnesota (75.6%)
3.  Connecticut (75.1%)
4.  New Hampshire (74.1%)
5.  Michigan (72.4%)
6.  Vermont (71.9%)
6.  Massachusetts (71.9%)
8.  Wisconsin (71.6%)
9.  California (71.3%)
10.  Utah (71.0%)

Lowest percentages
1.  West Virginia (48.6%)
2.  Mississippi (54.0%)
3.  Arkansas (54.5%)
4.  OKLAHOMA (55.4%)
5.  Kentucky (57.0%)
6.  Louisiana (57.2%)
7.  Alabama (57.9%)
8.  Tennessee (58.6%)
9.  Missouri (58.8%)
10.  Nevada (9.7%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, October 2017, p. 44 and 2017 Heath Rankings Senior Report.