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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Chattanooga, TN-GA
#85
OVERALL RANKING

Chattanooga, TN-GA


SCORE: 69.37

#86
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 69.30
 
#80
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.81
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.46%
Population 65+:  83,126
Total Population:  537,854

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 93 81.76 87.83 -6.91 %
Health Care 66 60.05 62.09 -3.29 %
Wellness 65 68.84 72.07 -4.48 %
Financial Security 40 89.47 88.25 1.38 %
Education 64 59.42 61.67 -3.65 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
83 37.02 46.42 -20.25 %
Employment 84 57.02 63.96 -10.85 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
29 74.33 69.42 7.07 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
73 68.11 73.23 -6.99 %
(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 33 52.49 46.41
Crime rate 91 37.26 52.77
Internet access 93 72.33 83.51
Employment growth 62 85.05 86.82
Unemployment rate 76 56.86 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 41 65.42 65.13
Fatal car crashes 89 30.98 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 88 86.32 62.02
Primary-care physicians 74 50.84 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 53 44.50 45.49
Number of nurses 64 33.95 38.33
Number of hospital beds 46 37.47 37.22
Long-term hospitals 20 37.77 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 75 24.38 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 88 25.58 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 22 49.24 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 47 32.79 31.70
Dialysis centers 34 44.18 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 74 38.92 48.95
Physical therapists 49 54.69 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 9 79.89 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 53 42.42 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 13 55.12 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 78 62.19 70.79
Smoking rate 74 22.37 30.34
Diabetes rate 96 36.31 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 67 79.06 81.26
Caregivers 38 40.66 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 86 79.73 84.59
Depression 54 42.22 43.31
Physical activity 95 50.00 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 42 48.37 46.08
Fast-food outlets 75 55.50 61.73
Falls with injury 3 82.96 38.43
Binge drinking 4 58.42 40.64
Air quality 70 60.92 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 35 50.84 47.44
Total bank deposits 78 3.85 7.24
Tax burden 10 92.08 68.14
Dependency ratio 61 83.83 84.57
Growth of small businesses 79 82.52 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 41 60.24 58.57
Capital gains 69 35.23 49.15
Income growth 39 84.49 84.11
Reverse mortgages 36 17.70 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 22 55.28 44.17
Median rental price 13 83.36 69.47
Households with older adults 17 60.96 55.52
Nursing beds 53 56.76 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 22 73.87 64.62
Home health-care service providers 64 11.34 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 69 16.16 23.14
Cost of assisted living 34 88.52 80.63
Nursing-home rating 91 14.76 36.99
Older adults in family homes 24 87.48 84.60
Cost of adult day services 34 56.96 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 89 32.88 50.90
Commute times 20 86.16 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 39 39.08 38.41
Number of passenger trips 78 2.30 9.79
Public transport fare 100 1.41 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 56 67.07 67.65
Grocery stores 84 24.61 33.58
Special needs transportation 93 10.31 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 17 54.45 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 76 22.54 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 70 45.22 53.28
Number of public libraries 82 29.37 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 11 88.24 60.15
Funding for older adults 64 72.97 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 82 86.24 38.00
College enrollment 66 53.33 58.16
Number of community colleges 61 16.56 20.92
Number of universities 28 45.81 38.93