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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Gainesville, GA
#155
OVERALL RANKING

Gainesville, GA


SCORE: 65.39

#164
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.41
 
#150
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.33
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.54%
Population 65+:  23,198
Total Population:  185,055

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 35 87.53 81.58 7.29 %
Health Care 137 49.44 50.15 -1.42 %
Wellness 89 70.14 68.45 2.47 %
Financial 175 79.29 81.09 -2.22 %
EducationEducation 222 53.60 71.18 -9.52 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
158 69.73 71.18 -2.04 %
Employment 150 48.15 51.56 -6.61 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
225 49.82 57.14 -12.81 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
249 42.60 51.89 -17.90 %
(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 168 45.76 49.09
Crime Rate 46 56.19 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 13 89.09 80.67
Unemployment Rate 97 50.11 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 83 67.36 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 129 27.05 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 149 30.76 33.5
Number of hospital beds 151 25.72 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 140 18.66 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 240 12.44 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 88 23.76 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 85 14.25 13.35
Number of nurses 115 24.78 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 152 1.76 2.35
ER Wait Times 195 17.68 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 25 55.16 46.33
Smoking rate 116 12.06 13.69
Diabetes rate 153 39.38 41.83
Binge drinking 43 27.60 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 99 80.80 74.78
Caregivers 88 41.32 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 145 76.09 76.89
Depression 174 45.88 49.3
Physical activity 106 39.73 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 197 35.21 42.27
Fast-food outlets 45 40.65 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 150 13.76 17.69
Air quality 189 55.00 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 146 53.92 53.83
Total bank deposits 141 0.88 1.37
Tax burden 81 80.03 70.55
Dependency ratio 222 55.65 61.29
Small business growth 52 84.52 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 201 23.15 29.07
Capital gains 178 24.21 31.31
Income growth 71 61.87 60.52
Reverse mortgages 207 14.71 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 134 46.76 46.02
Median rental price 197 65.13 70.18
Households with older adults 164 37.27 39.04
Nursing beds 231 32.98 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 60 76.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 153 11.00 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 204 8.05 14.8
Cost of assisted living 7 87.67 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 12 92.66 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 107 58.40 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 106 28.39 31.34
Employment growth 199 42.46 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 265 2.01 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 265 57.95 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 246 0.57 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 145 37.15 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 281 2.29 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 73 51.50 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 194 38.27 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 200 25.71 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 90 19.42 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 244 42.31 63.01
Number of public libraries 219 13.94 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 200 48.86 12.40
Funding for older adults 234 27.13 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 189 84.46 85.93
College enrollment 230 15.76 26.46