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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Dothan, AL
#132
OVERALL RANKING

Dothan, AL


SCORE: 66.57

#138
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.30
 
#98
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.29
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.27%
Population 65+:  24,008
Total Population:  147,552

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 85 83.50 81.58 2.35 %
Health Care 76 55.92 50.15 11.51 %
Wellness 257 61.56 68.45 -10.07 %
Financial 95 83.56 81.09 3.05 %
EducationEducation 252 51.35 71.18 -13.32 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
31 84.23 71.18 18.33 %
Employment 202 44.46 51.56 -13.77 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
239 48.07 57.14 -15.87 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
134 50.73 51.89 -2.24 %
(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 60.99 49.09
Crime Rate 166 37.27 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 244 75.98 80.67
Unemployment Rate 205 38.03 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 53 73.33 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 234 17.65 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 173 28.75 33.5
Number of hospital beds 51 40.85 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 142 83.33 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 19 55.88 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 25 49.67 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 90 23.72 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 78 14.71 13.35
Number of nurses 55 30.65 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 164 1.67 2.35
ER Wait Times 252 13.38 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 231 40.22 46.33
Smoking rate 99 12.76 13.69
Diabetes rate 263 28.47 41.83
Binge drinking 109 18.55 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 202 70.03 74.78
Caregivers 73 43.00 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 222 72.56 76.89
Depression 94 51.38 49.3
Physical activity 214 32.19 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 259 21.15 42.27
Fast-food outlets 228 29.96 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 157 12.89 17.69
Air quality 143 57.98 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 70 63.22 53.83
Total bank deposits 74 1.08 1.37
Tax burden 19 89.41 70.55
Dependency ratio 226 55.41 61.29
Small business growth 246 76.13 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 224 21.38 29.07
Capital gains 253 19.06 31.31
Income growth 233 57.36 60.52
Reverse mortgages 71 36.59 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 40 60.95 46.02
Median rental price 41 82.36 70.18
Households with older adults 78 41.73 39.04
Nursing beds 166 43.41 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 76 73.30 70.35
Home health-care service providers 221 6.67 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 156 10.26 14.8
Cost of assisted living 44 82.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 16 50.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 65 85.71 82.84
Cost of adult day services 21 97.22 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 236 44.84 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 116 26.77 31.34
Employment growth 169 43.34 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 91 8.69 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 206 65.95 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 250 0.55 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 134 37.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 259 6.92 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 111 46.22 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 247 29.63 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 74 32.47 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 197 12.25 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 167 50.89 63.01
Number of public libraries 119 23.99 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 97 69.84 12.40
Funding for older adults 154 28.53 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 228 80.52 85.93
College enrollment 231 15.57 26.46