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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Anchorage, AK
#52
OVERALL RANKING

Anchorage, AK


SCORE: 70.05

#44
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.56
 
#131
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.96
 
Percent of Population 65+:  8.23%
Population 65+:  32,290
Total Population:  392,139

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 279 70.60 81.58 -13.46 %
Health Care 19 64.68 50.15 28.97 %
Wellness 28 76.72 68.45 12.08 %
Financial 102 83.36 81.09 2.80 %
EducationEducation 92 60.17 71.18 1.57 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
281 46.80 71.18 -34.25 %
Employment 3 92.37 51.56 79.15 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
134 55.78 57.14 -2.38 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
6 78.79 51.89 51.84 %
(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 204 40.32 49.09
Crime Rate 270 24.95 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 138 80.42 80.67
Unemployment Rate 165 41.74 46.80
Income Distribution 8 92.68 84.25
Weather 280 41.61 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 105 30.48 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 8 63.03 33.5
Number of hospital beds 63 38.53 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 28 27.43 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 189 17.19 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 113 16.42 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 86 37.50 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 58 12.50 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 14 31.51 13.35
Number of nurses 24 38.61 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 16 3.90 2.35
ER Wait Times 111 24.91 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 63 50.38 46.33
Smoking rate 212 9.34 13.69
Diabetes rate 16 58.31 41.83
Binge drinking 167 15.87 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 198 70.57 74.78
Caregivers 20 63.69 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 73 79.50 76.89
Depression 9 66.31 49.3
Physical activity 29 50.09 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 61 52.73 42.27
Fast-food outlets 72 38.22 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 261 6.58 17.69
Air quality 157 57.17 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 235 40.65 53.83
Total bank deposits 119 0.92 1.37
Tax burden 34 84.93 70.55
Dependency ratio 36 70.57 61.29
Small business growth 43 85.31 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 15 47.71 29.07
Capital gains 241 20.44 31.31
Income growth 62 62.26 60.52
Reverse mortgages 223 12.34 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 263 26.02 46.02
Median rental price 274 44.65 70.18
Households with older adults 279 23.74 39.04
Nursing beds 280 9.22 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 280 18.16 70.35
Home health-care service providers 93 14.43 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 1 100.00 14.8
Cost of assisted living 275 44.27 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 60 85.95 82.84
Cost of adult day services 279 28.69 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 9 86.09 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 200 17.20 31.34
Employment growth 35 48.45 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 1 100.00 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 140 70.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 30 10.21 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 242 27.14 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 77 23.29 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 130 43.96 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 178 39.51 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 277 17.06 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 14 40.25 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 67 61.16 63.01
Number of public libraries 177 17.66 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 66 75.03 12.40
Funding for older adults 2 99.97 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 85 89.95 85.93
College enrollment 108 23.63 26.46