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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
#3
OVERALL RANKING

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC


SCORE: 78.79

#4
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 77.85
 
#3
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 79.17
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.21%
Population 65+:  64,145
Total Population:  525,431

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 81 83.74 87.83 -4.66 %
Health Care 1 100.00 62.09 61.06 %
Wellness 32 74.50 72.07 3.37 %
Financial Security 24 91.57 88.25 3.76 %
Education 11 71.54 61.67 16.00 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
54 43.93 46.42 -5.36 %
Employment 29 67.26 63.96 5.16 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
45 71.22 69.42 2.59 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
55 72.67 73.23 -.76 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Quality health care

- Hospitals among the nation’s best
- Top-notch access to geriatric, Alzheimer’s, hospice, and physical therapy services
- Many primary-care providers

Bustle and boom

- Many civic and religious organizations; culture of volunteerism
- Employment growth in health, education, hospitality, and leisure
- Low older-worker unemployment; strong small-business environment

Needs Work


Safety and resources

- Too much crime and too many traffic accidents
- High income inequality; low spending for transit, older-adult programs
- Inadequate walkability

Unhealthy trends

- Many fast food restaurants; few grocery stores
- Comparatively high chronic illness levels
- High Alzheimer’s rates

Takeaway


Newly added to the large-metro category due to its population growth, Durham-Chapel Hill has generally performed with stellar age-friendliness.Part of North Carolina’s thriving Research Triangle, with health-care and economic benefits tied to University of North Carolina and Duke University research activities, the area offers cultural and employment options that make it a strong choice for successful aging.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 65 41.19 46.41
Crime rate 72 43.22 52.77
Internet access 28 88.75 83.51
Employment growth 49 86.24 86.82
Unemployment rate 42 63.64 64.06
Income distribution 95 80.00 86.33
Weather 45 64.48 65.13
Fatal car crashes 65 41.05 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 57 90.08 62.02
Primary-care physicians 1 100.00 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 1 100.00 45.49
Number of nurses 1 100.00 38.33
Number of hospital beds 4 55.83 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 29 46.03 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 26 53.66 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 5 38.45 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 5 92.97 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 1 100.00 31.70
Dialysis centers 13 65.71 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 6 76.96 48.95
Physical therapists 4 89.70 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 22 70.47 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 1 100.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 23 63.64 45.76
Magnet hospitals 3 60.00 14.40
ER wait times 74 28.94 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 51 69.01 70.79
Smoking rate 34 29.68 30.34
Diabetes rate 42 49.52 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 77 75.36 81.26
Caregivers 30 44.47 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 17 89.10 84.59
Depression 66 39.50 43.31
Physical activity 32 67.58 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 5 67.35 46.08
Fast-food outlets 73 55.66 61.73
Falls with injury 37 38.50 38.43
Binge drinking 35 42.78 40.64
Air quality 35 69.74 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 69 43.67 47.44
Total bank deposits 58 4.89 7.24
Tax burden 36 74.95 68.14
Dependency ratio 5 96.21 84.57
Growth of small businesses 20 89.35 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 44 59.84 58.57
Capital gains 77 32.26 49.15
Income growth 45 83.90 84.11
Reverse mortgages 8 37.21 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 69 36.87 44.17
Median rental price 55 68.94 69.47
Households with older adults 82 47.37 55.52
Nursing beds 67 50.85 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 36 67.96 64.62
Home health-care service providers 49 13.79 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 17 30.11 23.14
Cost of assisted living 4 96.00 80.63
Nursing-home rating 26 46.50 36.99
Older adults in family homes 60 82.86 84.60
Cost of adult day services 9 68.63 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 88 33.35 50.90
Commute times 36 82.13 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 14 59.40 38.41
Number of passenger trips 20 14.20 9.79
Public transport fare 40 13.57 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 92 50.66 67.65
Grocery stores 60 31.01 33.58
Special needs transportation 75 19.21 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 62 43.91 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 31 34.74 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 31 56.64 53.28
Number of public libraries 68 36.32 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 20 80.17 60.15
Funding for older adults 76 71.38 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 15 94.41 38.00
College enrollment 2 92.23 58.16
Number of community colleges 60 16.59 20.92
Number of universities 56 36.71 38.93