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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Auburn-Opelika, AL
#127
OVERALL RANKING

Auburn-Opelika, AL


SCORE: 66.70

#125
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.81
 
#148
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.41
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.61%
Population 65+:  14,205
Total Population:  147,808

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 151 80.89 81.58 -.85 %
Health Care 143 48.77 50.15 -2.75 %
Wellness 140 67.58 68.45 -1.27 %
Financial 17 91.09 81.09 12.33 %
EducationEducation 21 73.82 71.18 24.61 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
137 71.08 71.18 -.14 %
Employment 234 41.61 51.56 -19.30 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
235 48.78 57.14 -14.63 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
245 43.55 51.89 -16.07 %
(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 215 38.77 49.09
Crime Rate 125 42.52 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 15 88.76 80.67
Unemployment Rate 126 45.90 46.80
Income Distribution 280 70.37 84.25
Weather 73 69.90 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 160 24.24 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 171 29.19 33.5
Number of hospital beds 120 29.59 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 85 29.68 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 167 19.78 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 36 37.79 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 73 15.15 13.35
Number of nurses 165 21.29 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 238 1.12 2.35
ER Wait Times 217 15.91 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 100 47.12 46.33
Smoking rate 165 10.44 13.69
Diabetes rate 97 43.65 41.83
Binge drinking 153 16.54 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 222 66.71 74.78
Caregivers 15 68.20 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 281 66.47 76.89
Depression 3 71.67 49.3
Physical activity 124 37.99 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 254 23.17 42.27
Fast-food outlets 247 28.57 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 244 7.72 17.69
Air quality 253 49.55 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 192 47.91 53.83
Total bank deposits 157 0.84 1.37
Tax burden 19 89.41 70.55
Dependency ratio 17 80.09 61.29
Small business growth 9 90.35 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 170 25.44 29.07
Capital gains 253 19.06 31.31
Income growth 27 64.92 60.52
Reverse mortgages 72 36.54 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 161 42.67 46.02
Median rental price 112 73.66 70.18
Households with older adults 272 26.04 39.04
Nursing beds 242 28.64 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 76 73.30 70.35
Home health-care service providers 203 7.69 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 262 4.96 14.8
Cost of assisted living 44 82.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 36 87.56 82.84
Cost of adult day services 21 97.22 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 128 55.50 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 246 12.79 31.34
Employment growth 249 40.00 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 192 3.99 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 135 71.16 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 247 0.56 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 134 37.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 133 16.18 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 157 41.03 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 256 27.99 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 268 19.32 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 268 6.19 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 155 51.92 63.01
Number of public libraries 272 7.41 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 70 74.50 12.40
Funding for older adults 154 28.53 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 186 84.77 85.93
College enrollment 17 60.25 26.46