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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Decatur, AL
#199
OVERALL RANKING

Decatur, AL


SCORE: 64.35

#208
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.08
 
#163
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 65.93
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.18%
Population 65+:  23,370
Total Population:  153,934

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 176 80.12 81.58 -1.79 %
Health Care 136 49.45 50.15 -1.40 %
Wellness 216 63.73 68.45 -6.90 %
Financial 99 83.50 81.09 2.97 %
EducationEducation 234 52.77 71.18 -10.92 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
32 84.09 71.18 18.14 %
Employment 276 34.07 51.56 -33.92 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
263 43.23 57.14 -24.34 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
179 48.39 51.89 -6.75 %
(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 117 51.76 49.09
Crime Rate 101 45.80 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 241 76.27 80.67
Unemployment Rate 206 37.90 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 100 65.70 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 204 20.75 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 259 19.17 33.5
Number of hospital beds 256 12.68 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 16 40.31 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 60 37.89 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 120 25.26 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 16 37.89 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 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 206 7.96 13.35
Number of nurses 239 15.03 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 272 0.76 2.35
ER Wait Times 175 19.12 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 219 41.14 46.33
Smoking rate 239 8.15 13.69
Diabetes rate 250 30.59 41.83
Binge drinking 7 55.34 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 200 70.38 74.78
Caregivers 65 45.30 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 266 69.93 76.89
Depression 130 49.02 49.3
Physical activity 261 28.81 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 219 32.14 42.27
Fast-food outlets 197 31.53 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 187 10.90 17.69
Air quality 262 49.05 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 125 55.93 53.83
Total bank deposits 220 0.69 1.37
Tax burden 19 89.41 70.55
Dependency ratio 148 59.18 61.29
Small business growth 266 75.06 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 175 24.95 29.07
Capital gains 253 19.06 31.31
Income growth 248 56.95 60.52
Reverse mortgages 69 36.89 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 76 54.34 46.02
Median rental price 7 91.53 70.18
Households with older adults 117 39.42 39.04
Nursing beds 175 41.83 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 76 73.30 70.35
Home health-care service providers 181 9.07 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 172 9.53 14.8
Cost of assisted living 44 82.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 42 40.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 86 84.70 82.84
Cost of adult day services 21 97.22 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 274 34.57 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 172 19.94 31.34
Employment growth 261 39.31 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 271 1.61 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 243 62.45 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 258 0.49 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 134 37.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 277 4.92 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 214 34.21 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+ 101 30.40 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 279 4.18 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 161 51.33 63.01
Number of public libraries 133 21.91 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 69 74.57 12.40
Funding for older adults 146 28.55 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 205 82.90 85.93
College enrollment 228 15.80 26.46