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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Birmingham-Hoover, AL
#81
OVERALL RANKING

Birmingham-Hoover, AL


SCORE: 69.80

#85
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 69.56
 
#74
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.32
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.72%
Population 65+:  155,672
Total Population:  1,134,915

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 94 81.71 87.83 -6.97 %
Health Care 28 67.70 62.09 9.04 %
Wellness 96 64.26 72.07 -10.84 %
Financial Security 74 85.30 88.25 -3.34 %
Education 91 51.71 61.67 -16.15 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
94 33.83 46.42 -27.12 %
Employment 45 63.62 63.96 -.53 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
27 75.26 69.42 8.41 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
12 82.71 73.23 12.95 %
(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 42 49.20 46.41
Crime rate 88 39.27 52.77
Internet access 94 71.55 83.51
Employment growth 84 82.75 86.82
Unemployment rate 72 57.27 64.06
Income distribution 76 83.33 86.33
Weather 34 68.18 65.13
Fatal car crashes 88 31.66 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 100 81.04 62.02
Primary-care physicians 52 57.13 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 61 42.14 45.49
Number of nurses 9 50.80 38.33
Number of hospital beds 7 49.70 37.22
Long-term hospitals 50 19.86 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 59 32.04 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 20 58.27 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 26 16.06 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 77 12.94 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 7 46.34 31.70
Dialysis centers 8 67.90 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 50 49.29 48.95
Physical therapists 64 49.98 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 3 90.97 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 35 90.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 38 50.91 45.76
Magnet hospitals 68 6.00 14.40
ER wait times 58 32.32 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 95 58.20 70.79
Smoking rate 91 19.48 30.34
Diabetes rate 93 36.82 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 83 72.18 81.26
Caregivers 12 49.99 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 97 78.12 84.59
Depression 53 42.26 43.31
Physical activity 87 52.83 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 61 42.55 46.08
Fast-food outlets 83 54.28 61.73
Falls with injury 42 37.71 38.43
Binge drinking 8 53.13 40.64
Air quality 93 53.17 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 19 55.19 47.44
Total bank deposits 30 6.90 7.24
Tax burden 11 89.41 68.14
Dependency ratio 67 83.14 84.57
Growth of small businesses 90 81.98 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 83 47.70 58.57
Capital gains 98 27.00 49.15
Income growth 68 81.66 84.11
Reverse mortgages 39 15.98 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 41 46.25 44.17
Median rental price 25 78.54 69.47
Households with older adults 39 55.92 55.52
Nursing beds 45 59.62 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 26 73.30 64.62
Home health-care service providers 77 9.24 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 92 11.86 23.14
Cost of assisted living 15 93.66 80.63
Nursing-home rating 63 28.47 36.99
Older adults in family homes 39 86.05 84.60
Cost of adult day services 8 97.22 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 86 34.13 50.90
Commute times 67 73.95 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 94 18.37 38.41
Number of passenger trips 92 1.35 9.79
Public transport fare 27 14.29 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 76 59.85 67.65
Grocery stores 73 27.78 33.58
Special needs transportation 74 19.26 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 34 48.56 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 74 22.82 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 52 50.59 53.28
Number of public libraries 11 66.43 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 1 100.00 60.15
Funding for older adults 46 75.17 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 69 88.39 38.00
College enrollment 89 47.38 58.16
Number of community colleges 91 7.88 20.92
Number of universities 67 30.54 38.93