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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
#53
OVERALL RANKING

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC


SCORE: 71.92

#63
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.40
 
#33
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.12
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.30%
Population 65+:  76,681
Total Population:  576,500

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 67 85.43 87.83 -2.73 %
Health Care 6 74.35 62.09 19.75 %
Wellness 85 65.73 72.07 -8.80 %
Financial Security 36 89.81 88.25 1.77 %
Education 62 60.13 61.67 -2.50 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
97 32.89 46.42 -29.15 %
Employment 92 55.66 63.96 -12.98 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
10 77.97 69.42 12.32 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
58 72.32 73.23 -1.24 %
(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 20 58.54 46.41
Crime rate 66 44.35 52.77
Internet access 85 76.48 83.51
Employment growth 72 83.70 86.82
Unemployment rate 93 50.24 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 32 69.08 65.13
Fatal car crashes 90 30.69 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 89 86.30 62.02
Primary-care physicians 72 52.07 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 55 43.79 45.49
Number of nurses 30 43.99 38.33
Number of hospital beds 3 59.44 37.22
Long-term hospitals 16 40.10 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 21 51.77 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 14 63.37 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 8 32.44 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 18 52.28 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 22 37.50 31.70
Dialysis centers 6 71.41 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 76 37.17 48.95
Physical therapists 65 49.25 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 12 79.04 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 57 84.62 83.71
Medical school affiliation 5 88.11 45.76
Magnet hospitals 56 9.23 14.40
ER wait times 66 30.30 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 89 59.90 70.79
Smoking rate 77 22.12 30.34
Diabetes rate 97 36.29 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 27 87.03 81.26
Caregivers 37 40.96 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 89 79.53 84.59
Depression 12 50.74 43.31
Physical activity 76 57.45 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 93 29.06 46.08
Fast-food outlets 17 68.64 61.73
Falls with injury 90 29.50 38.43
Binge drinking 39 41.77 40.64
Air quality 76 58.93 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 76 40.67 47.44
Total bank deposits 89 3.16 7.24
Tax burden 13 83.98 68.14
Dependency ratio 68 83.01 84.57
Growth of small businesses 89 82.01 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 70 53.25 58.57
Capital gains 74 33.89 49.15
Income growth 84 80.78 84.11
Reverse mortgages 5 44.51 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 6 66.68 44.17
Median rental price 17 83.02 69.47
Households with older adults 38 56.14 55.52
Nursing beds 54 56.32 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 21 75.56 64.62
Home health-care service providers 86 7.76 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 56 18.37 23.14
Cost of assisted living 3 97.30 80.63
Nursing-home rating 72 25.83 36.99
Older adults in family homes 26 87.26 84.60
Cost of adult day services 26 59.96 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 99 23.81 50.90
Commute times 34 83.19 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 77 23.65 38.41
Number of passenger trips 99 0.69 9.79
Public transport fare 27 14.29 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 65 64.98 67.65
Grocery stores 68 28.87 33.58
Special needs transportation 92 11.03 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 41 47.48 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 91 19.54 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 67 47.23 53.28
Number of public libraries 26 52.90 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 28 74.83 60.15
Funding for older adults 83 71.06 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 88 83.87 38.00
College enrollment 68 53.16 58.16
Number of community colleges 31 23.17 20.92
Number of universities 40 42.73 38.93