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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Dalton, GA
#226
OVERALL RANKING

Dalton, GA


SCORE: 63.10

#229
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 63.13
 
#188
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.86
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.98%
Population 65+:  17,073
Total Population:  142,465

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 214 78.78 81.58 -3.43 %
Health Care 233 41.25 50.15 -17.75 %
Wellness 201 64.51 68.45 -5.76 %
Financial 80 84.47 81.09 4.17 %
EducationEducation 277 42.77 71.18 -27.80 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
41 81.69 71.18 14.77 %
Employment 233 41.72 51.56 -19.08 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
145 54.99 57.14 -3.76 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
273 38.64 51.89 -25.53 %
(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 133 50.13 49.09
Crime Rate 140 40.37 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 216 77.61 80.67
Unemployment Rate 225 35.77 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 94 66.14 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 271 13.75 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 218 24.52 33.5
Number of hospital beds 215 17.83 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 193 16.81 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 52 32.12 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 184 9.18 13.35
Number of nurses 223 16.47 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 273 0.74 2.35
ER Wait Times 267 11.88 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 180 42.68 46.33
Smoking rate 38 18.72 13.69
Diabetes rate 226 33.04 41.83
Binge drinking 50 26.01 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 77 84.16 74.78
Caregivers 72 43.29 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 217 72.80 76.89
Depression 46 56.68 49.3
Physical activity 243 30.62 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 275 12.51 42.27
Fast-food outlets 193 31.65 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 232 8.34 17.69
Air quality 219 52.57 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 179 49.19 53.83
Total bank deposits 136 0.89 1.37
Tax burden 81 80.03 70.55
Dependency ratio 154 58.90 61.29
Small business growth 275 74.03 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 251 19.18 29.07
Capital gains 178 24.21 31.31
Income growth 121 60.13 60.52
Reverse mortgages 24 51.60 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 46 59.26 46.02
Median rental price 23 84.90 70.18
Households with older adults 197 35.40 39.04
Nursing beds 206 38.28 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 60 76.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 242 5.29 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 163 9.97 14.8
Cost of assisted living 7 87.67 71.61
Nursing-home rating 7 60.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 25 88.89 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 199 49.21 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 165 20.82 31.34
Employment growth 173 43.18 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 276 1.42 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 169 68.92 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 157 2.31 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 145 37.15 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 264 6.67 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 48 55.34 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 194 38.27 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 218 24.21 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 261 6.82 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 238 42.34 63.01
Number of public libraries 263 9.62 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 172 55.18 12.40
Funding for older adults 230 27.14 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 275 68.19 85.93
College enrollment 275 11.59 26.46