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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Columbia, SC
#54
OVERALL RANKING

Columbia, SC


SCORE: 71.90

#54
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 71.86
 
#62
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.79
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.31%
Population 65+:  96,543
Total Population:  784,531

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 85 82.88 87.83 -5.64 %
Health Care 41 64.43 62.09 3.77 %
Wellness 78 66.60 72.07 -7.59 %
Financial Security 23 91.80 88.25 4.02 %
Education 18 67.03 61.67 8.69 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
45 45.71 46.42 -1.53 %
Employment 58 61.18 63.96 -4.35 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
41 71.65 69.42 3.21 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
41 75.31 73.23 2.84 %
(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 50 46.26 46.41
Crime rate 87 39.84 52.77
Internet access 78 77.49 83.51
Employment growth 38 87.82 86.82
Unemployment rate 68 58.01 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 33 68.27 65.13
Fatal car crashes 94 28.91 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 78 87.80 62.02
Primary-care physicians 68 53.02 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 66 39.95 45.49
Number of nurses 32 43.74 38.33
Number of hospital beds 13 47.00 37.22
Long-term hospitals 9 63.17 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 65 30.58 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 61 35.65 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 17 25.55 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 14 61.77 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 68 28.00 31.70
Dialysis centers 29 47.05 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 53 48.98 48.95
Physical therapists 55 51.97 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 27 68.91 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 71 78.57 83.71
Medical school affiliation 35 54.55 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 59 31.99 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 96 58.05 70.79
Smoking rate 79 21.92 30.34
Diabetes rate 75 41.28 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 31 85.72 81.26
Caregivers 21 46.25 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 73 81.13 84.59
Depression 17 48.33 43.31
Physical activity 58 60.30 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 71 39.59 46.08
Fast-food outlets 66 57.34 61.73
Falls with injury 38 38.48 38.43
Binge drinking 75 34.07 40.64
Air quality 53 65.89 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 38 49.97 47.44
Total bank deposits 54 5.15 7.24
Tax burden 5 93.40 68.14
Dependency ratio 14 91.37 84.57
Growth of small businesses 77 82.64 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 22 68.56 58.57
Capital gains 82 32.07 49.15
Income growth 74 81.21 84.11
Reverse mortgages 21 26.06 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 36 49.68 44.17
Median rental price 43 73.05 69.47
Households with older adults 72 50.66 55.52
Nursing beds 48 58.81 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 23 73.68 64.62
Home health-care service providers 58 12.39 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 36 22.81 23.14
Cost of assisted living 16 92.16 80.63
Nursing-home rating 95 11.48 36.99
Older adults in family homes 38 86.22 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 69 40.82 50.90
Commute times 36 82.13 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 8 75.18 38.41
Number of passenger trips 97 0.96 9.79
Public transport fare 45 11.76 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 79 58.29 67.65
Grocery stores 78 26.56 33.58
Special needs transportation 32 34.49 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 60 44.29 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 61 26.62 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 39 55.11 53.28
Number of public libraries 44 45.68 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 5 96.76 60.15
Funding for older adults 95 70.48 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 67 88.92 38.00
College enrollment 13 68.34 58.16
Number of community colleges 32 22.52 20.92
Number of universities 26 46.74 38.93