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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Charleston, WV
#223
OVERALL RANKING

Charleston, WV


SCORE: 63.20

#237
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 62.90
 
#211
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.99
 
Percent of Population 65+:  17.04%
Population 65+:  38,482
Total Population:  225,837

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 263 74.59 81.58 -8.57 %
Health Care 88 54.06 50.15 7.80 %
Wellness 273 60.59 68.45 -11.48 %
Financial 167 79.89 81.09 -1.48 %
EducationEducation 256 50.67 71.18 -14.47 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
187 66.89 71.18 -6.03 %
Employment 241 40.72 51.56 -21.02 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
107 57.62 57.14 0.84 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
89 53.33 51.89 2.78 %
(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 95 54.67 49.09
Crime Rate 242 29.14 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 269 74.06 80.67
Unemployment Rate 215 36.60 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 152 59.40 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 232 17.96 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 37 45.75 33.5
Number of hospital beds 52 40.45 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 180 11.70 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 138 23.39 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 119 28.57 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 150 11.13 13.35
Number of nurses 17 40.87 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 195 1.42 2.35
ER Wait Times 243 14.25 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 248 39.37 46.33
Smoking rate 256 7.26 13.69
Diabetes rate 269 27.76 41.83
Binge drinking 38 28.52 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 240 60.84 74.78
Caregivers 44 49.33 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 261 70.29 76.89
Depression 277 37.76 49.3
Physical activity 238 30.77 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 110 46.16 42.27
Fast-food outlets 267 26.65 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 230 8.56 17.69
Air quality 218 52.73 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 181 48.85 53.83
Total bank deposits 44 1.24 1.37
Tax burden 50 82.33 70.55
Dependency ratio 140 59.74 61.29
Small business growth 269 74.42 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 133 28.94 29.07
Capital gains 278 14.22 31.31
Income growth 260 56.50 60.52
Reverse mortgages 87 34.34 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 130 47.00 46.02
Median rental price 65 78.83 70.18
Households with older adults 65 42.45 39.04
Nursing beds 195 39.39 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 245 49.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 123 12.24 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 208 7.81 14.8
Cost of assisted living 116 72.14 71.61
Nursing-home rating 177 15.38 22.29
Older adults in family homes 202 80.24 82.84
Cost of adult day services 170 48.61 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 245 43.64 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 242 13.38 31.34
Employment growth 174 43.16 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 57 12.49 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 167 69.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 52 6.14 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 29 46.47 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 66 25.17 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 133 43.75 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+ 52 33.99 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 41 26.74 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 265 39.17 63.01
Number of public libraries 89 27.23 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 108 67.61 12.40
Funding for older adults 27 31.71 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 223 81.35 85.93
College enrollment 267 13.05 26.46