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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
#168
OVERALL RANKING

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA


SCORE: 65.05

#155
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.50
 
#212
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.98
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.55%
Population 65+:  24,295
Total Population:  179,243

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 229 77.61 81.58 -4.87 %
Health Care 216 42.86 50.15 -14.54 %
Wellness 130 68.16 68.45 -.42 %
Financial 180 79.03 81.09 -2.54 %
EducationEducation 14 78.31 71.18 32.19 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
203 65.16 71.18 -8.46 %
Employment 159 47.69 51.56 -7.51 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
94 59.15 57.14 3.52 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
92 53.22 51.89 2.56 %
(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 271 25.92 49.09
Crime Rate 27 63.37 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 82 82.33 80.67
Unemployment Rate 88 51.54 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 140 60.43 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 202 20.81 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 165 29.68 33.5
Number of hospital beds 230 15.83 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 129 23.94 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 93 22.87 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 25 25.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 181 9.41 13.35
Number of nurses 233 15.57 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 241 1.08 2.35
ER Wait Times 147 22.02 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 84 48.14 46.33
Smoking rate 229 8.66 13.69
Diabetes rate 83 45.32 41.83
Binge drinking 134 17.47 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 138 76.85 74.78
Caregivers 156 34.86 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 187 74.40 76.89
Depression 131 48.86 49.3
Physical activity 122 38.10 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 67 51.76 42.27
Fast-food outlets 121 35.22 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 121 15.77 17.69
Air quality 103 62.50 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 180 48.87 53.83
Total bank deposits 130 0.90 1.37
Tax burden 215 59.31 70.55
Dependency ratio 10 83.30 61.29
Small business growth 224 77.77 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 180 24.67 29.07
Capital gains 168 25.13 31.31
Income growth 170 58.96 60.52
Reverse mortgages 91 34.12 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 254 28.84 46.02
Median rental price 144 70.46 70.18
Households with older adults 196 35.54 39.04
Nursing beds 179 41.14 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 142 63.35 70.35
Home health-care service providers 174 9.25 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 158 10.18 14.8
Cost of assisted living 221 64.20 71.61
Nursing-home rating 50 37.50 22.29
Older adults in family homes 132 82.59 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 131 55.33 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 122 25.47 31.34
Employment growth 64 46.91 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 217 3.32 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 132 71.50 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 22 12.48 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 112 39.42 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 80 23.05 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 153 41.55 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 138 44.12 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 180 26.69 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 132 15.79 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 72 59.56 63.01
Number of public libraries 150 20.72 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 58 75.54 12.40
Funding for older adults 164 27.97 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 244 78.96 85.93
College enrollment 5 77.32 26.46