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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Austin-Round Rock, TX
#6
OVERALL RANKING
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Austin-Round Rock, TX


SCORE: 77.42

#6
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 77.35
 
#5
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.61
 
Percent of Population 65+:  8.77%
Population 65+:  160,879
Total Population:  1,835,110

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 13 93.32 87.83 6.25 %
Health Care 17 70.13 62.09 12.95 %
Wellness 12 79.96 72.07 10.95 %
Financial Security 2 99.71 88.25 12.99 %
Education 49 61.40 61.67 -.44 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
68 40.73 46.42 -12.26 %
Employment 17 71.10 63.96 11.16 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
32 73.55 69.42 5.95 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
65 70.83 73.23 -3.28 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Modern economy

- Internet-savvy older population; high older-worker employment
- Thriving small-business climate
- Tax-friendly environment

Sterling health care

- Treatment when needed: many primary-care providers, short ER waits
- Med school affiliations; high rates of Joint Commission accreditation
- Healthy behaviors: low chronic disease rates; longer lives; ample recreation facilities

Aging at home

- Inexpensive nursing homes, adult day services
- Good access to home health-care services

Needs Work


Cost, commuting, college

- Pricey homes and rentals
- Shortsighted planning: too few grocery stores; long commute times; lack of walkability
- Few community colleges

Takeaway


Hip and youthful, Austin-Round Rock also facilitates enjoyable lifestyles for older residents. Its creativity spurs events like the famous South by Southwest music and film festival, along with other cultural and entertainment activities. The University of Texas and a booming high-tech industry yield diverse paths to professional fulfillment.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 75 37.45 46.41
Crime rate 47 50.25 52.77
Internet access 3 98.01 83.51
Employment growth 3 97.15 86.82
Unemployment rate 4 93.75 64.06
Income distribution 55 85.11 86.33
Weather 30 71.99 65.13
Fatal car crashes 59 42.73 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 29 92.39 62.02
Primary-care physicians 9 74.65 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 37 48.10 45.49
Number of nurses 43 40.08 38.33
Number of hospital beds 51 35.98 37.22
Long-term hospitals 55 18.36 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 34 41.48 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 3 95.33 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 78 11.97 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 39 34.06 31.70
Dialysis centers 68 32.27 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 24 59.19 48.95
Physical therapists 33 64.77 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 53 59.23 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 32 90.63 83.71
Medical school affiliation 28 59.66 45.76
Magnet hospitals 47 11.25 14.40
ER wait times 12 60.14 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 13 82.14 70.79
Smoking rate 13 40.03 30.34
Diabetes rate 6 66.88 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 58 81.14 81.26
Caregivers 10 50.66 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 18 89.03 84.59
Depression 64 40.25 43.31
Physical activity 9 85.95 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 17 55.78 46.08
Fast-food outlets 46 60.56 61.73
Falls with injury 56 36.21 38.43
Binge drinking 59 37.07 40.64
Air quality 51 65.97 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 23 54.40 47.44
Total bank deposits 66 4.55 7.24
Tax burden 17 82.09 68.14
Dependency ratio 1 100.00 84.57
Growth of small businesses 1 100.00 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 24 67.92 58.57
Capital gains 36 55.19 49.15
Income growth 3 96.90 84.11
Reverse mortgages 78 4.37 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 77 32.93 44.17
Median rental price 85 58.89 69.47
Households with older adults 100 36.62 55.52
Nursing beds 40 63.71 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 1 100.00 64.62
Home health-care service providers 12 21.98 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 29 25.47 23.14
Cost of assisted living 46 81.24 80.63
Nursing-home rating 91 14.76 36.99
Older adults in family homes 19 88.71 84.60
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 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 66 41.97 50.90
Commute times 72 72.83 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 60 28.02 38.41
Number of passenger trips 24 11.54 9.79
Public transport fare 27 14.29 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 49 68.53 67.65
Grocery stores 67 28.94 33.58
Special needs transportation 62 22.28 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 99 31.75 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 3 50.46 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 71 44.81 53.28
Number of public libraries 49 42.10 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 44 66.76 60.15
Funding for older adults 65 72.39 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 25 92.90 38.00
College enrollment 15 68.00 58.16
Number of community colleges 87 9.27 20.92
Number of universities 54 37.20 38.93