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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Burlington, NC
#204
OVERALL RANKING

Burlington, NC


SCORE: 64.11

#202
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.33
 
#186
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.92
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.31%
Population 65+:  23,533
Total Population:  153,672

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 108 82.38 81.58 0.98 %
Health Care 184 44.86 50.15 -10.55 %
Wellness 218 63.68 68.45 -6.97 %
Financial 205 77.13 81.09 -4.88 %
EducationEducation 146 57.47 71.18 -2.99 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
80 77.36 71.18 8.68 %
Employment 133 49.81 51.56 -3.39 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
204 52.13 57.14 -8.77 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
200 47.18 51.89 -9.08 %
(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 162 46.86 49.09
Crime Rate 157 38.11 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 153 79.95 80.67
Unemployment Rate 138 44.17 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 114 64.47 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 18 51.80 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 236 23.06 33.5
Number of hospital beds 265 11.03 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 137 18.83 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 238 12.56 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 228 6.88 13.35
Number of nurses 248 13.64 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 163 1.68 2.35
ER Wait Times 278 9.64 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 256 38.71 46.33
Smoking rate 194 9.80 13.69
Diabetes rate 167 37.77 41.83
Binge drinking 177 15.40 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 153 75.83 74.78
Caregivers 137 36.59 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 165 75.33 76.89
Depression 216 43.44 49.3
Physical activity 170 34.94 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 125 42.90 42.27
Fast-food outlets 235 29.39 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 151 13.72 17.69
Air quality 137 59.14 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 221 42.63 53.83
Total bank deposits 220 0.69 1.37
Tax burden 129 74.95 70.55
Dependency ratio 150 59.08 61.29
Small business growth 189 79.14 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 242 19.90 29.07
Capital gains 200 22.78 31.31
Income growth 224 57.58 60.52
Reverse mortgages 139 26.34 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 115 48.86 46.02
Median rental price 136 71.56 70.18
Households with older adults 120 39.28 39.04
Nursing beds 145 47.40 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 108 67.96 70.35
Home health-care service providers 57 19.47 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 60 20.81 14.8
Cost of assisted living 19 84.17 71.61
Nursing-home rating 50 37.50 22.29
Older adults in family homes 198 80.52 82.84
Cost of adult day services 34 68.63 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 75 61.40 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 147 22.96 31.34
Employment growth 42 47.86 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 210 3.59 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 210 65.38 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 274 0.25 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 85 41.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 272 5.89 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 102 48.01 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+ 103 30.29 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 196 12.31 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 109 56.63 63.01
Number of public libraries 242 12.03 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 144 61.32 12.40
Funding for older adults 245 27.10 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 164 85.80 85.93
College enrollment 121 22.69 26.46