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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Columbus, GA-AL
#146
OVERALL RANKING

Columbus, GA-AL


SCORE: 65.84

#149
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.85
 
#138
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.78
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.79%
Population 65+:  36,673
Total Population:  310,935

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 199 79.31 81.58 -2.78 %
Health Care 94 53.16 50.15 6.00 %
Wellness 199 64.59 68.45 -5.64 %
Financial 111 82.92 81.09 2.26 %
EducationEducation 204 54.76 71.18 -7.56 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
99 75.08 71.18 5.48 %
Employment 103 52.89 51.56 2.58 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
143 55.06 57.14 -3.64 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
226 45.52 51.89 -12.28 %
(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 56.03 49.09
Crime Rate 275 21.45 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 199 78.40 80.67
Unemployment Rate 236 34.36 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 64 70.71 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 147 25.33 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 69 39.05 33.5
Number of hospital beds 39 44.85 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 131 88.89 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 179 11.72 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 208 15.62 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 118 14.92 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 31 20.77 13.35
Number of nurses 117 24.50 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 140 1.86 2.35
ER Wait Times 216 15.94 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 132 45.55 46.33
Smoking rate 133 11.34 13.69
Diabetes rate 236 32.17 41.83
Binge drinking 93 20.50 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 91 81.46 74.78
Caregivers 57 47.33 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 207 73.61 76.89
Depression 106 50.79 49.3
Physical activity 187 33.99 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 248 25.61 42.27
Fast-food outlets 234 29.43 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 275 4.55 17.69
Air quality 250 49.97 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 106 57.97 53.83
Total bank deposits 65 1.12 1.37
Tax burden 74 81.62 70.55
Dependency ratio 57 65.96 61.29
Small business growth 186 79.25 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 237 20.41 29.07
Capital gains 198 23.73 31.31
Income growth 88 61.15 60.52
Reverse mortgages 122 29.56 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 64 55.83 46.02
Median rental price 172 68.02 70.18
Households with older adults 204 34.68 39.04
Nursing beds 108 53.98 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 71 75.87 70.35
Home health-care service providers 125 12.19 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 161 10.04 14.8
Cost of assisted living 18 86.56 71.61
Nursing-home rating 212 8.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 195 80.62 82.84
Cost of adult day services 54 63.14 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 165 52.35 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 67 36.83 31.34
Employment growth 24 49.51 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 94 8.55 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 126 71.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 142 2.49 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 142 37.67 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 220 9.49 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 36 58.73 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 241 30.86 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 229 23.44 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 156 14.69 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 227 43.97 63.01
Number of public libraries 205 14.94 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 84 71.15 12.40
Funding for older adults 210 27.43 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 243 79.07 85.93
College enrollment 94 24.92 26.46