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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
#72
OVERALL RANKING

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC


SCORE: 70.18

#74
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.12
 
#75
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.30
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.64%
Population 65+:  267,110
Total Population:  2,294,990

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 69 85.31 87.83 -2.87 %
Health Care 67 60.04 62.09 -3.30 %
Wellness 44 72.40 72.07 0.46 %
Financial Security 51 88.40 88.25 0.17 %
Education 74 57.23 61.67 -7.20 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
87 35.55 46.42 -23.42 %
Employment 75 58.26 63.96 -8.91 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
47 70.64 69.42 1.76 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
49 74.08 73.23 1.16 %
(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 59 43.47 46.41
Crime rate 49 49.55 52.77
Internet access 49 83.54 83.51
Employment growth 16 91.48 86.82
Unemployment rate 68 58.01 64.06
Income distribution 76 83.33 86.33
Weather 40 65.64 65.13
Fatal car crashes 66 40.19 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 74 87.98 62.02
Primary-care physicians 45 58.33 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 39 47.49 45.49
Number of nurses 27 44.35 38.33
Number of hospital beds 78 29.64 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 56 32.98 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 44 41.01 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 45 9.18 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 45 29.61 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 61 29.53 31.70
Dialysis centers 35 43.45 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 34 54.49 48.95
Physical therapists 78 42.38 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 26 70.23 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 89 17.36 45.76
Magnet hospitals 8 32.73 14.40
ER wait times 79 28.11 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 42 71.27 70.79
Smoking rate 54 25.07 30.34
Diabetes rate 55 46.00 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 73 77.50 81.26
Caregivers 19 46.83 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 75 80.54 84.59
Depression 37 44.56 43.31
Physical activity 47 63.43 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 11 58.32 46.08
Fast-food outlets 51 59.52 61.73
Falls with injury 27 40.71 38.43
Binge drinking 15 49.07 40.64
Air quality 65 61.93 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 26 52.45 47.44
Total bank deposits 2 21.65 7.24
Tax burden 29 77.25 68.14
Dependency ratio 40 86.39 84.57
Growth of small businesses 30 88.20 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 68 53.64 58.57
Capital gains 81 32.25 49.15
Income growth 17 86.47 84.11
Reverse mortgages 45 12.89 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 54 42.64 44.17
Median rental price 49 70.81 69.47
Households with older adults 80 48.03 55.52
Nursing beds 65 51.32 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 33 68.77 64.62
Home health-care service providers 32 15.31 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 54 18.53 23.14
Cost of assisted living 13 95.40 80.63
Nursing-home rating 70 26.46 36.99
Older adults in family homes 23 88.00 84.60
Cost of adult day services 13 67.82 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 95 28.62 50.90
Commute times 67 73.95 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 81 22.53 38.41
Number of passenger trips 42 6.71 9.79
Public transport fare 86 8.33 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 90 51.34 67.65
Grocery stores 33 36.94 33.58
Special needs transportation 41 29.45 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 72 41.42 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 6 44.71 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 35 56.49 53.28
Number of public libraries 75 31.63 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 7 92.04 60.15
Funding for older adults 82 71.22 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 63 89.14 38.00
College enrollment 77 50.61 58.16
Number of community colleges 57 17.04 20.92
Number of universities 59 35.63 38.93