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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Abilene, TX
#33
OVERALL RANKING

Abilene, TX


SCORE: 71.43

#30
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.87
 
#28
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.07
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.02%
Population 65+:  23,475
Total Population:  167,422

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 65 84.63 81.58 3.74 %
Health Care 104 51.93 50.15 3.55 %
Wellness 93 69.86 68.45 2.06 %
Financial 26 88.58 81.09 9.24 %
EducationEducation 109 59.25 71.18 0.02 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
10 89.31 71.18 25.47 %
Employment 23 70.17 51.56 36.09 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
132 56.12 57.14 -1.79 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
97 52.98 51.89 2.10 %
(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 54.77 49.09
Crime Rate 240 29.41 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 173 79.31 80.67
Unemployment Rate 41 60.72 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 63 71.02 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 267 14.35 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 183 27.65 33.5
Number of hospital beds 56 39.80 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 233 50.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 17 56.03 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 23 49.80 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 165 12.50 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 159 10.90 13.35
Number of nurses 91 26.81 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 88 2.28 2.35
ER Wait Times 267 11.88 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 135 45.50 46.33
Smoking rate 219 9.14 13.69
Diabetes rate 87 44.77 41.83
Binge drinking 17 36.68 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 55 86.60 74.78
Caregivers 164 33.95 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 160 75.42 76.89
Depression 247 41.35 49.3
Physical activity 137 37.56 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 131 42.50 42.27
Fast-food outlets 248 28.49 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 179 11.33 17.69
Air quality 44 72.71 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 53 65.73 53.83
Total bank deposits 141 0.88 1.37
Tax burden 54 82.09 70.55
Dependency ratio 107 61.92 61.29
Small business growth 166 80.16 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 258 18.61 29.07
Capital gains 61 38.96 31.31
Income growth 28 64.67 60.52
Reverse mortgages 64 38.22 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 111 49.71 46.02
Median rental price 177 67.69 70.18
Households with older adults 132 38.56 39.04
Nursing beds 26 78.09 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 1 100.00 70.35
Home health-care service providers 6 50.02 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 150 10.74 14.8
Cost of assisted living 129 71.23 71.61
Nursing-home rating 200 11.76 22.29
Older adults in family homes 145 82.24 82.84
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 39 70.43 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 26 70.67 31.34
Employment growth 203 42.37 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 77 9.73 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 10 90.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 166 2.17 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 67 42.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 86 22.35 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 226 32.57 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 194 38.27 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 174 27.25 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 38 27.14 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 220 44.53 63.01
Number of public libraries 138 21.81 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 46 77.69 12.40
Funding for older adults 197 27.49 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 156 86.32 85.93
College enrollment 89 26.00 26.46