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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Charleston-North Charleston, SC
#39
OVERALL RANKING

Charleston-North Charleston, SC


SCORE: 72.86

#46
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.44
 
#32
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 72.27
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.39%
Population 65+:  86,416
Total Population:  697,497

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 62 86.06 87.83 -2.02 %
Health Care 11 73.85 62.09 18.94 %
Wellness 56 70.25 72.07 -2.53 %
Financial Security 29 90.73 88.25 2.81 %
Education 39 62.59 61.67 1.49 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
66 41.30 46.42 -11.03 %
Employment 73 58.81 63.96 -8.05 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
67 66.88 69.42 -3.66 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
51 73.64 73.23 0.56 %
(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 85 32.50 46.41
Crime rate 53 48.44 52.77
Internet access 41 85.34 83.51
Employment growth 15 91.54 86.82
Unemployment rate 49 62.01 64.06
Income distribution 55 85.11 86.33
Weather 22 77.00 65.13
Fatal car crashes 93 29.33 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 73 88.06 62.02
Primary-care physicians 23 64.59 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 21 57.36 45.49
Number of nurses 4 55.86 38.33
Number of hospital beds 39 39.26 37.22
Long-term hospitals 23 35.35 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 16 57.05 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 32 47.88 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 11 28.60 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 58 23.04 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 16 39.50 31.70
Dialysis centers 20 54.64 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 67 41.08 48.95
Physical therapists 54 52.34 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 27 68.91 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 35 90.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 38 50.91 45.76
Magnet hospitals 16 24.00 14.40
ER wait times 6 70.45 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 65 65.30 70.79
Smoking rate 51 25.32 30.34
Diabetes rate 83 39.49 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 44 84.03 81.26
Caregivers 23 46.02 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 39 84.92 84.59
Depression 39 44.40 43.31
Physical activity 42 64.55 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 65 41.73 46.08
Fast-food outlets 40 61.74 61.73
Falls with injury 9 49.61 38.43
Binge drinking 89 31.03 40.64
Air quality 31 71.47 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 18 55.65 47.44
Total bank deposits 80 3.76 7.24
Tax burden 5 93.40 68.14
Dependency ratio 13 91.70 84.57
Growth of small businesses 33 87.91 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 46 59.20 58.57
Capital gains 82 32.07 49.15
Income growth 19 86.00 84.11
Reverse mortgages 53 10.62 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 81 32.44 44.17
Median rental price 73 63.49 69.47
Households with older adults 72 50.66 55.52
Nursing beds 90 34.85 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 23 73.68 64.62
Home health-care service providers 95 5.94 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 50 19.45 23.14
Cost of assisted living 16 92.16 80.63
Nursing-home rating 50 34.44 36.99
Older adults in family homes 20 88.70 84.60
Cost of adult day services 14 63.64 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 79 37.63 50.90
Commute times 65 75.10 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 29 46.09 38.41
Number of passenger trips 68 3.35 9.79
Public transport fare 63 10.53 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 60 66.39 67.65
Grocery stores 29 38.03 33.58
Special needs transportation 76 18.90 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 58 44.46 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 20 38.76 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 38 55.30 53.28
Number of public libraries 56 41.10 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 36 70.09 60.15
Funding for older adults 96 70.47 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 32 92.04 38.00
College enrollment 37 60.77 58.16
Number of community colleges 76 12.39 20.92
Number of universities 23 48.01 38.93