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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL
#234
OVERALL RANKING

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL


SCORE: 62.83

#241
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 62.73
 
#215
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.89
 
Percent of Population 65+:  18.35%
Population 65+:  27,080
Total Population:  147,540

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 250 76.12 81.58 -6.69 %
Health Care 188 44.42 50.15 -11.43 %
Wellness 240 62.41 68.45 -8.82 %
Financial 72 84.83 81.09 4.61 %
EducationEducation 243 52.04 71.18 -12.15 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
33 83.88 71.18 17.84 %
Employment 271 35.66 51.56 -30.84 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
271 40.71 57.14 -28.75 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
154 49.63 51.89 -4.36 %
(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 144 48.78 49.09
Crime Rate 158 38.01 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 203 78.18 80.67
Unemployment Rate 254 32.24 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 100 65.70 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 199 20.95 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 255 19.56 33.5
Number of hospital beds 141 26.92 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 139 23.27 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 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 200 8.30 13.35
Number of nurses 192 19.37 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 265 0.88 2.35
ER Wait Times 14 45.25 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 265 38.03 46.33
Smoking rate 135 11.26 13.69
Diabetes rate 278 25.25 41.83
Binge drinking 23 33.66 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 194 71.14 74.78
Caregivers 98 40.31 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 268 69.85 76.89
Depression 34 58.22 49.3
Physical activity 255 29.54 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 114 45.47 42.27
Fast-food outlets 253 28.18 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 119 16.16 17.69
Air quality 211 52.94 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 20 73.78 53.83
Total bank deposits 115 0.94 1.37
Tax burden 19 89.41 70.55
Dependency ratio 210 56.58 61.29
Small business growth 259 75.28 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 184 24.35 29.07
Capital gains 253 19.06 31.31
Income growth 192 58.35 60.52
Reverse mortgages 75 36.24 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 95 51.99 46.02
Median rental price 15 86.50 70.18
Households with older adults 54 43.31 39.04
Nursing beds 154 45.27 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 76 73.30 70.35
Home health-care service providers 165 9.77 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 190 8.69 14.8
Cost of assisted living 44 82.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 16 50.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 121 82.94 82.84
Cost of adult day services 21 97.22 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 255 41.41 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 227 14.31 31.34
Employment growth 246 40.15 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 241 2.51 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 213 65.11 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 270 0.30 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 134 37.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 238 8.71 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 161 40.88 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 271 12.35 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 41 34.60 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 270 5.82 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 171 50.50 63.01
Number of public libraries 156 20.30 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 47 77.64 12.40
Funding for older adults 152 28.54 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 234 80.00 85.93
College enrollment 203 17.74 26.46