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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fairbanks, AK
#10
OVERALL RANKING

Fairbanks, AK


SCORE: 74.09

#9
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.73
 
#67
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.51
 
Percent of Population 65+:  7.15%
Population 65+:  7,162
Total Population:  100,141

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 281 68.71 81.58 -15.78 %
Health Care 15 67.34 50.15 34.28 %
Wellness 16 79.41 68.45 16.01 %
Financial 15 91.67 81.09 13.05 %
EducationEducation 45 66.01 71.18 11.43 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
279 48.80 71.18 -31.44 %
Employment 1 100.00 51.56 93.95 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
183 53.11 57.14 -7.05 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
1 100.00 51.89 92.72 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Primary-care focus

- Many primary-care clinicians
- Easy access to diagnostic centers
- Many family caregivers; ample hospice care
- Joint Commission accreditation for all hospitals

Healthy living

- Low rates of diabetes
- Forgoing the fries: few fast food restaurants
- Little depression among older people

Needs Work


Livability concerns

- High crime
- Long ER waits
- Hold your breath: too much secondhand smoke, particle pollution

Costs and care

- Household budgets: high cost of living, expensive houses and rentals
- Pricey long-term care supports and services
- Not enough home health providers

Takeaway


Fairbanks leads the nation in community engagement, with cultural amenities and social organizations offering a warm vibe in a chilly climate. Economic growth is slow in this fishing, hiking, and snow-sport haven, but residents remain financially sound. Few older adults live in poverty, and health and wellness amenities are accessible.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 159 46.94 49.09
Crime Rate 264 25.70 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 252 75.51 80.67
Unemployment Rate 146 43.20 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 281 36.48 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 132 26.94 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 10 60.82 33.5
Number of hospital beds 69 37.26 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 53 38.35 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 3 73.27 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 18 26.50 13.35
Number of nurses 33 34.69 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 26 3.30 2.35
ER Wait Times 280 8.84 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 77 49.00 46.33
Smoking rate 251 7.47 13.69
Diabetes rate 5 76.36 41.83
Binge drinking 139 17.16 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 191 71.40 74.78
Caregivers 7 72.61 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 60 80.58 76.89
Depression 4 71.40 49.3
Physical activity 39 48.33 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 84 49.50 42.27
Fast-food outlets 9 48.03 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 168 12.00 17.69
Air quality 280 39.29 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 245 38.15 53.83
Total bank deposits 204 0.73 1.37
Tax burden 34 84.93 70.55
Dependency ratio 19 79.41 61.29
Small business growth 95 82.28 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 2 80.13 29.07
Capital gains 241 20.44 31.31
Income growth 146 59.44 60.52
Reverse mortgages 95 33.66 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 229 33.52 46.02
Median rental price 272 44.72 70.18
Households with older adults 280 21.58 39.04
Nursing beds 273 15.26 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 280 18.16 70.35
Home health-care service providers 280 0.20 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 15 36.37 14.8
Cost of assisted living 275 44.27 71.61
Nursing-home rating 1 100.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 176 81.18 82.84
Cost of adult day services 279 28.69 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 2 96.17 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 1 100.00 31.34
Employment growth 91 45.81 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 14 32.43 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 62 78.87 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 57 5.66 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 167 36.24 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 141 15.49 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 223 33.09 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 171 40.74 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 280 15.00 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 1 100.00 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 66 61.36 63.01
Number of public libraries 143 21.61 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 10 89.94 12.40
Funding for older adults 1 100.00 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 130 87.67 85.93
College enrollment 40 39.38 26.46