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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Baton Rouge, LA
#66
OVERALL RANKING

Baton Rouge, LA


SCORE: 71.33

#67
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.15
 
#59
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.90
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.53%
Population 65+:  93,972
Total Population:  814,896

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 78 83.96 87.83 -4.41 %
Health Care 33 65.87 62.09 6.09 %
Wellness 95 64.44 72.07 -10.59 %
Financial Security 37 89.81 88.25 1.77 %
Education 56 60.54 61.67 -1.83 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
58 42.86 46.42 -7.67 %
Employment 71 59.42 63.96 -7.10 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
20 75.97 69.42 9.44 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
40 75.38 73.23 2.94 %
(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 55 44.24 46.41
Crime rate 84 40.86 52.77
Internet access 90 73.51 83.51
Employment growth 41 87.47 86.82
Unemployment rate 64 58.44 64.06
Income distribution 55 85.11 86.33
Weather 25 76.21 65.13
Fatal car crashes 98 23.66 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 91 85.81 62.02
Primary-care physicians 79 49.51 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 42 47.22 45.49
Number of nurses 29 44.13 38.33
Number of hospital beds 5 54.31 37.22
Long-term hospitals 8 64.51 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 12 62.46 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 28 50.97 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 62 21.03 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 69 27.37 31.70
Dialysis centers 5 74.51 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 54 47.74 48.95
Physical therapists 32 64.79 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 15 76.35 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 95 57.69 83.71
Medical school affiliation 95 9.79 45.76
Magnet hospitals 56 9.23 14.40
ER wait times 61 31.67 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 99 57.55 70.79
Smoking rate 76 22.13 30.34
Diabetes rate 85 39.08 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 84 72.08 81.26
Caregivers 17 47.88 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 100 77.80 84.59
Depression 83 37.06 43.31
Physical activity 94 50.83 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 30 52.42 46.08
Fast-food outlets 44 60.67 61.73
Falls with injury 43 37.67 38.43
Binge drinking 63 36.72 40.64
Air quality 56 65.32 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 20 54.99 47.44
Total bank deposits 46 5.40 7.24
Tax burden 8 92.96 68.14
Dependency ratio 26 89.44 84.57
Growth of small businesses 53 85.58 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 90 42.93 58.57
Capital gains 75 33.66 49.15
Income growth 56 82.84 84.11
Reverse mortgages 27 22.00 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 52 43.09 44.17
Median rental price 34 75.42 69.47
Households with older adults 79 48.68 55.52
Nursing beds 14 87.92 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 9 90.32 64.62
Home health-care service providers 33 15.27 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 95 11.47 23.14
Cost of assisted living 11 95.68 80.63
Nursing-home rating 84 19.38 36.99
Older adults in family homes 30 86.97 84.60
Cost of adult day services 37 55.56 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 56 45.35 50.90
Commute times 75 72.56 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 54 29.68 38.41
Number of passenger trips 75 2.49 9.79
Public transport fare 8 22.22 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 37 70.92 67.65
Grocery stores 9 47.11 33.58
Special needs transportation 79 18.01 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 74 41.10 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 49 29.94 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 99 35.27 53.28
Number of public libraries 13 66.00 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 31 71.62 60.15
Funding for older adults 38 76.95 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 86 85.81 38.00
College enrollment 40 60.23 58.16
Number of community colleges 19 27.29 20.92
Number of universities 77 27.18 38.93