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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Florence, SC
#97
OVERALL RANKING

Florence, SC


SCORE: 67.75

#103
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.57
 
#73
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.06
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.54%
Population 65+:  29,968
Total Population:  206,117

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 259 75.26 81.58 -7.75 %
Health Care 37 60.88 50.15 21.40 %
Wellness 209 64.05 68.45 -6.43 %
Financial 62 85.50 81.09 5.44 %
EducationEducation 246 51.74 71.18 -12.66 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
53 79.75 71.18 12.04 %
Employment 76 56.07 51.56 8.75 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
102 58.11 57.14 1.70 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
141 50.55 51.89 -2.58 %
(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 150 48.00 49.09
Crime Rate 272 24.17 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 120 81.10 80.67
Unemployment Rate 232 34.61 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 77 69.13 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 239 17.13 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 98 36.02 33.5
Number of hospital beds 27 49.03 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 14 58.61 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 26 48.84 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 22 29.30 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 37 37.32 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 151 16.67 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 139 11.52 13.35
Number of nurses 21 39.02 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 134 1.89 2.35
ER Wait Times 214 16.01 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 259 38.49 46.33
Smoking rate 186 9.98 13.69
Diabetes rate 261 28.98 41.83
Binge drinking 31 31.17 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 67 85.20 74.78
Caregivers 106 39.91 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 276 69.02 76.89
Depression 60 54.50 49.3
Physical activity 259 28.98 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 237 28.12 42.27
Fast-food outlets 88 37.10 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 161 12.68 17.69
Air quality 149 57.49 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 27 70.69 53.83
Total bank deposits 204 0.73 1.37
Tax burden 7 93.40 70.55
Dependency ratio 173 58.35 61.29
Small business growth 234 77.20 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 273 15.34 29.07
Capital gains 211 22.64 31.31
Income growth 212 57.88 60.52
Reverse mortgages 82 35.06 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 114 49.02 46.02
Median rental price 36 82.98 70.18
Households with older adults 112 39.57 39.04
Nursing beds 127 50.81 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 72 73.68 70.35
Home health-care service providers 56 19.56 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 139 11.43 14.8
Cost of assisted living 56 80.80 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 93 84.28 82.84
Cost of adult day services 46 63.64 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 89 60.23 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 44 47.64 31.34
Employment growth 200 42.43 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 199 3.92 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 182 68.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 242 0.63 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 33 46.00 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 235 8.91 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 28 62.44 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 206 37.04 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 131 29.19 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 226 10.41 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 116 55.42 63.01
Number of public libraries 152 20.67 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 60 75.44 12.40
Funding for older adults 271 26.78 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 254 76.68 85.93
College enrollment 145 21.12 26.46