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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Athens-Clarke County, GA
#62
OVERALL RANKING

Athens-Clarke County, GA


SCORE: 69.30

#59
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 69.56
 
#71
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.31
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.93%
Population 65+:  21,464
Total Population:  196,412

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 197 79.45 81.58 -2.61 %
Health Care 127 49.95 50.15 -.40 %
Wellness 81 70.73 68.45 3.33 %
Financial 65 85.24 81.09 5.12 %
EducationEducation 23 72.75 71.18 22.81 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
97 75.21 71.18 5.66 %
Employment 111 51.73 51.56 0.33 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
44 67.28 57.14 17.75 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
121 51.64 51.89 -.48 %
(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 203 41.09 49.09
Crime Rate 164 37.58 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 128 80.83 80.67
Unemployment Rate 144 43.36 46.80
Income Distribution 264 76.00 84.25
Weather 82 67.94 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 131 26.98 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 80 37.87 33.5
Number of hospital beds 122 29.37 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 131 19.87 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 232 13.24 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 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 43 17.47 13.35
Number of nurses 45 31.66 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 128 1.92 2.35
ER Wait Times 124 23.57 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 67 49.86 46.33
Smoking rate 173 10.28 13.69
Diabetes rate 107 43.26 41.83
Binge drinking 28 32.75 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 84 82.60 74.78
Caregivers 58 47.16 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 103 78.00 76.89
Depression 205 43.83 49.3
Physical activity 130 37.84 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 68 51.68 42.27
Fast-food outlets 252 28.23 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 255 7.19 17.69
Air quality 204 53.71 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 162 51.62 53.83
Total bank deposits 82 1.04 1.37
Tax burden 81 80.03 70.55
Dependency ratio 17 80.09 61.29
Small business growth 124 81.43 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 203 23.07 29.07
Capital gains 178 24.21 31.31
Income growth 98 60.87 60.52
Reverse mortgages 102 32.53 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 140 45.10 46.02
Median rental price 178 67.61 70.18
Households with older adults 246 30.94 39.04
Nursing beds 171 42.79 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 60 76.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 27 25.43 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 125 12.22 14.8
Cost of assisted living 7 87.67 71.61
Nursing-home rating 89 28.57 22.29
Older adults in family homes 37 87.55 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 66 63.57 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 138 23.62 31.34
Employment growth 68 46.76 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 121 6.77 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 169 68.92 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 3 44.53 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 145 37.15 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 165 13.61 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 35 59.25 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 233 32.10 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 253 22.29 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 73 21.09 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 240 42.32 63.01
Number of public libraries 53 32.69 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 62 75.31 12.40
Funding for older adults 234 27.13 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 209 82.69 85.93
College enrollment 16 60.42 26.46