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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Asheville, NC
#201
OVERALL RANKING

Asheville, NC


SCORE: 64.29

#205
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.22
 
#180
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 65.01
 
Percent of Population 65+:  19.44%
Population 65+:  84,020
Total Population:  432,209

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 171 80.20 81.58 -1.69 %
Health Care 144 48.76 50.15 -2.77 %
Wellness 149 67.03 68.45 -2.07 %
Financial 203 77.33 81.09 -4.64 %
EducationEducation 122 58.63 71.18 -1.03 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
129 72.28 71.18 1.55 %
Employment 246 40.33 51.56 -21.78 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
203 52.15 57.14 -8.73 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
126 51.29 51.89 -1.16 %
(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 252 32.73 49.09
Crime Rate 89 47.58 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 65 83.11 80.67
Unemployment Rate 89 51.42 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 110 64.82 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 162 23.95 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 78 38.05 33.5
Number of hospital beds 182 23.11 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 75.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 116 21.85 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 150 21.85 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 102 20.87 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 128 25.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 89 14.20 13.35
Number of nurses 96 26.48 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 84 2.35 2.35
ER Wait Times 244 14.14 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 61 50.52 46.33
Smoking rate 174 10.25 13.69
Diabetes rate 160 38.86 41.83
Binge drinking 79 21.99 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 161 74.88 74.78
Caregivers 219 29.82 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 68 79.80 76.89
Depression 223 42.82 49.3
Physical activity 110 39.41 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 91 48.59 42.27
Fast-food outlets 180 32.29 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 197 10.25 17.69
Air quality 107 61.98 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 130 55.51 53.83
Total bank deposits 126 0.91 1.37
Tax burden 129 74.95 70.55
Dependency ratio 210 56.58 61.29
Small business growth 54 84.50 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 51 34.95 29.07
Capital gains 200 22.78 31.31
Income growth 200 58.13 60.52
Reverse mortgages 230 10.01 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 236 32.57 46.02
Median rental price 167 68.28 70.18
Households with older adults 31 45.61 39.04
Nursing beds 130 50.33 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 108 67.96 70.35
Home health-care service providers 90 14.85 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 118 12.67 14.8
Cost of assisted living 19 84.17 71.61
Nursing-home rating 78 31.43 22.29
Older adults in family homes 138 82.47 82.84
Cost of adult day services 34 68.63 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 258 40.02 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 145 23.13 31.34
Employment growth 94 45.78 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 184 4.11 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 99 74.27 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 182 1.76 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 270 21.04 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 182 12.61 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 148 41.82 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 131 44.44 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 19 38.76 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 121 16.50 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 106 56.74 63.01
Number of public libraries 173 18.06 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 155 59.82 12.40
Funding for older adults 240 27.11 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 96 89.22 85.93
College enrollment 146 21.08 26.46