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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Beckley, WV
#167
OVERALL RANKING

Beckley, WV


SCORE: 65.06

#161
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.43
 
#182
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.98
 
Percent of Population 65+:  18.38%
Population 65+:  22,670
Total Population:  123,370

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 253 75.83 81.58 -7.05 %
Health Care 116 50.74 50.15 1.18 %
Wellness 244 62.27 68.45 -9.03 %
Financial 104 83.33 81.09 2.76 %
EducationEducation 271 46.97 71.18 -20.71 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
136 71.41 71.18 0.32 %
Employment 21 71.08 51.56 37.86 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
185 53.02 57.14 -7.21 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
88 53.35 51.89 2.81 %
(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 93 54.84 49.09
Crime Rate 186 35.33 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 272 73.83 80.67
Unemployment Rate 264 30.36 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 155 59.02 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 139 26.28 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 137 31.49 33.5
Number of hospital beds 113 30.08 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 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 16 56.09 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 154 11.06 13.35
Number of nurses 162 21.52 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 18 3.58 2.35
ER Wait Times 113 24.55 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 274 36.51 46.33
Smoking rate 260 6.95 13.69
Diabetes rate 273 26.80 41.83
Binge drinking 14 39.40 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 242 59.97 74.78
Caregivers 49 48.75 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 275 69.11 76.89
Depression 253 40.46 49.3
Physical activity 272 27.79 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 211 32.62 42.27
Fast-food outlets 18 44.27 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 107 17.39 17.69
Air quality 115 61.22 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 257 35.69 53.83
Total bank deposits 209 0.72 1.37
Tax burden 50 82.33 70.55
Dependency ratio 194 57.54 61.29
Small business growth 151 80.49 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 91 32.07 29.07
Capital gains 278 14.22 31.31
Income growth 259 56.51 60.52
Reverse mortgages 33 46.57 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 54 57.25 46.02
Median rental price 22 85.03 70.18
Households with older adults 37 44.75 39.04
Nursing beds 86 59.29 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 245 49.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 129 11.88 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 245 5.77 14.8
Cost of assisted living 116 72.14 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 166 81.51 82.84
Cost of adult day services 170 48.61 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 247 43.32 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 141 44.05 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 41 15.51 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 253 60.47 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 123 2.86 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 29 46.47 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 125 17.16 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 136 43.39 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 178 39.51 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 39 34.64 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 47 25.51 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 264 39.22 63.01
Number of public libraries 38 37.87 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 174 54.86 12.40
Funding for older adults 26 31.72 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 266 73.06 85.93
College enrollment 243 14.96 26.46