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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Gainesville, FL
#13
OVERALL RANKING

Gainesville, FL


SCORE: 73.72

#16
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.24
 
#7
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 74.56
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.93%
Population 65+:  32,059
Total Population:  268,660

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 97 83.01 81.58 1.75 %
Health Care 5 81.39 50.15 62.29 %
Wellness 59 72.62 68.45 6.09 %
Financial 76 84.63 81.09 4.37 %
EducationEducation 13 78.68 71.18 32.82 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
207 64.95 71.18 -8.75 %
Employment 63 58.80 51.56 14.04 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
59 64.42 57.14 12.74 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
234 44.51 51.89 -14.22 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Strong health care

- Excellent access to primary-care clinicians
- Many orthopedic surgeons and physical therapy options
- All hospitals accredited by Joint Commission

Outdoor enticements

- Good weather and air quality
- Widely used public transit

Needs Work


Not a lot to do

- Comparatively low education rates among older adults
- Few older adults employed
- Not enough libraries, cultural activities, or social organizations
- Low volunteerism among 65-plus population

Age-friendliness issues

- High median rental rates
- Lack of neighborhood walkability
- Little funding for older-adult programs
- High crime

Takeaway


Gainesville is the only Florida metro on our Top 20 list, despite the state’s reputation as a retirement paradise. Older people benefit from a quality health-care system, linked to University of Florida amenities, and plenty of services focused on that age group. Older workers find some opportunities in the service-driven job market, but stronger economic growth would improve the locale’s employment picture.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 223 38.39 49.09
Crime Rate 225 30.80 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 133 80.65 80.67
Unemployment Rate 86 51.99 46.80
Income Distribution 274 74.51 84.25
Weather 23 80.21 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 155 24.71 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 5 74.28 33.5
Number of hospital beds 9 61.82 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 52 40.31 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 183 17.91 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 25 26.87 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 112 17.11 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 25 25.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 8 42.96 13.35
Number of nurses 10 61.92 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 11 4.26 2.35
ER Wait Times 51 33.49 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 64 50.34 46.33
Smoking rate 37 18.85 13.69
Diabetes rate 67 47.94 41.83
Binge drinking 91 20.57 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 118 79.51 74.78
Caregivers 129 37.93 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 76 79.15 76.89
Depression 196 44.53 49.3
Physical activity 65 43.73 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 58 53.96 42.27
Fast-food outlets 173 32.55 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 267 6.10 17.69
Air quality 40 73.39 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 217 43.60 53.83
Total bank deposits 179 0.79 1.37
Tax burden 141 73.35 70.55
Dependency ratio 9 83.86 61.29
Small business growth 48 85.02 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 195 23.49 29.07
Capital gains 13 50.65 31.31
Income growth 105 60.61 60.52
Reverse mortgages 198 16.28 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 212 36.31 46.02
Median rental price 215 62.97 70.18
Households with older adults 239 31.65 39.04
Nursing beds 111 53.60 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 163 58.33 70.35
Home health-care service providers 88 15.43 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 201 8.16 14.8
Cost of assisted living 60 80.16 71.61
Nursing-home rating 212 8.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 141 82.41 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 110 57.73 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 91 30.96 31.34
Employment growth 81 46.17 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 16 27.44 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 119 72.51 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 9 26.51 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 44 43.82 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 70 24.16 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 126 44.35 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 155 41.98 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 216 24.30 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 202 12.08 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 233 42.86 63.01
Number of public libraries 121 23.73 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 154 59.93 12.40
Funding for older adults 258 26.83 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 90 89.84 85.93
College enrollment 12 64.83 26.46