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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Gadsden, AL
#163
OVERALL RANKING

Gadsden, AL


SCORE: 65.09

#172
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.11
 
#154
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.19
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.38%
Population 65+:  17,081
Total Population:  104,311

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 226 78.11 81.58 -4.25 %
Health Care 93 53.23 50.15 6.14 %
Wellness 279 58.67 68.45 -14.29 %
Financial 114 82.77 81.09 2.07 %
EducationEducation 258 50.48 71.18 -14.79 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
17 86.96 71.18 22.17 %
Employment 77 56.03 51.56 8.67 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
270 41.03 57.14 -28.19 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
84 53.63 51.89 3.35 %
(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 108 53.09 49.09
Crime Rate 253 26.97 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 145 80.15 80.67
Unemployment Rate 199 38.40 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 87 66.59 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 205 20.56 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 142 31.23 33.5
Number of hospital beds 25 49.36 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 97 26.20 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 19 52.40 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 72 15.19 13.35
Number of nurses 106 25.41 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 175 1.58 2.35
ER Wait Times 217 15.91 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 267 37.82 46.33
Smoking rate 170 10.37 13.69
Diabetes rate 280 23.95 41.83
Binge drinking 203 14.33 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 196 70.84 74.78
Caregivers 78 42.60 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 277 68.32 76.89
Depression 133 48.61 49.3
Physical activity 279 26.13 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 162 38.91 42.27
Fast-food outlets 210 31.01 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 177 11.52 17.69
Air quality 257 49.11 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 89 59.70 53.83
Total bank deposits 253 0.56 1.37
Tax burden 19 89.41 70.55
Dependency ratio 192 57.63 61.29
Small business growth 159 80.36 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 188 24.20 29.07
Capital gains 253 19.06 31.31
Income growth 242 57.13 60.52
Reverse mortgages 131 27.79 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 47 58.40 46.02
Median rental price 40 82.49 70.18
Households with older adults 42 44.17 39.04
Nursing beds 68 63.48 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 76 73.30 70.35
Home health-care service providers 103 13.62 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 157 10.22 14.8
Cost of assisted living 44 82.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 16 50.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 182 81.09 82.84
Cost of adult day services 21 97.22 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 71 62.18 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 51 44.13 31.34
Employment growth 166 43.36 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 192 3.99 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 233 63.49 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 245 0.61 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 134 37.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 280 2.42 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 254 29.48 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+ 70 32.65 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 277 4.36 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 164 51.10 63.01
Number of public libraries 46 33.78 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 18 85.66 12.40
Funding for older adults 146 28.55 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 242 79.17 85.93
College enrollment 238 15.28 26.46