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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Alexandria, LA
#139
OVERALL RANKING

Alexandria, LA


SCORE: 66.22

#147
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.87
 
#113
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.67
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.06%
Population 65+:  21,699
Total Population:  154,332

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 208 79.05 81.58 -3.10 %
Health Care 51 58.15 50.15 15.95 %
Wellness 268 61.04 68.45 -10.83 %
Financial 93 83.64 81.09 3.14 %
EducationEducation 208 54.49 71.18 -8.02 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
40 81.73 71.18 14.82 %
Employment 228 42.50 51.56 -17.57 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
234 49.02 57.14 -14.21 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
94 53.19 51.89 2.51 %
(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 62 59.07 49.09
Crime Rate 273 22.74 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 239 76.47 80.67
Unemployment Rate 220 36.38 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 55 73.15 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 248 16.49 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 116 33.90 33.5
Number of hospital beds 7 63.98 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 129 90.91 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 13 43.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 104 26.94 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 72 25.73 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 125 27.27 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 132 11.72 13.35
Number of nurses 26 37.95 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 74 2.43 2.35
ER Wait Times 33 38.57 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 255 38.85 46.33
Smoking rate 246 7.67 13.69
Diabetes rate 235 32.20 41.83
Binge drinking 135 17.35 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 192 71.36 74.78
Caregivers 96 40.42 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 218 72.78 76.89
Depression 173 46.01 49.3
Physical activity 257 29.16 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 223 31.78 42.27
Fast-food outlets 113 35.60 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 279 3.08 17.69
Air quality 133 59.59 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 13 76.64 53.83
Total bank deposits 119 0.92 1.37
Tax burden 11 92.96 70.55
Dependency ratio 186 57.98 61.29
Small business growth 196 78.89 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 269 16.09 29.07
Capital gains 191 23.77 31.31
Income growth 270 55.44 60.52
Reverse mortgages 143 25.11 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 75 54.53 46.02
Median rental price 125 72.69 70.18
Households with older adults 94 40.29 39.04
Nursing beds 18 82.18 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 29 90.32 70.35
Home health-care service providers 128 11.92 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 249 5.72 14.8
Cost of assisted living 30 83.89 71.61
Nursing-home rating 159 18.18 22.29
Older adults in family homes 241 78.46 82.84
Cost of adult day services 94 55.56 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 229 45.80 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 123 25.12 31.34
Employment growth 179 42.92 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 200 3.89 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 224 64.29 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 127 2.77 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 7 53.32 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 276 5.08 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 239 31.31 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 171 40.74 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 164 27.82 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 177 13.38 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 279 35.21 63.01
Number of public libraries 19 44.30 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 22 83.46 12.40
Funding for older adults 92 29.23 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 179 85.08 85.93
College enrollment 212 16.97 26.46