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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Harrisonburg, VA
#53
OVERALL RANKING

Harrisonburg, VA


SCORE: 70.04

#51
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.17
 
#62
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.87
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.25%
Population 65+:  17,023
Total Population:  128,520

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 165 80.43 81.58 -1.41 %
Health Care 41 59.93 50.15 19.50 %
Wellness 88 70.17 68.45 2.51 %
Financial 154 80.37 81.09 -.89 %
EducationEducation 33 70.27 71.18 18.62 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
206 65.03 71.18 -8.64 %
Employment 41 61.24 51.56 18.77 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
31 71.14 57.14 24.50 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
61 55.89 51.89 7.71 %
(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 269 28.34 49.09
Crime Rate 10 76.91 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 164 79.68 80.67
Unemployment Rate 86 51.99 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 157 58.91 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 194 21.60 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 134 32.00 33.5
Number of hospital beds 223 16.36 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 98 25.58 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 191 17.06 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 49 32.58 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 1 100.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 1 100.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 234 6.66 13.35
Number of nurses 132 23.12 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 67 2.51 2.35
ER Wait Times 228 15.52 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 42 52.70 46.33
Smoking rate 44 17.71 13.69
Diabetes rate 68 47.89 41.83
Binge drinking 115 18.28 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 158 75.45 74.78
Caregivers 153 35.22 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 53 80.94 76.89
Depression 63 54.01 49.3
Physical activity 94 40.82 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 168 37.72 42.27
Fast-food outlets 66 38.61 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 254 7.31 17.69
Air quality 125 60.44 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 62 64.25 53.83
Total bank deposits 126 0.91 1.37
Tax burden 215 59.31 70.55
Dependency ratio 27 74.21 61.29
Small business growth 105 82.00 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 146 27.61 29.07
Capital gains 168 25.13 31.31
Income growth 78 61.61 60.52
Reverse mortgages 119 30.43 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 249 30.46 46.02
Median rental price 189 66.39 70.18
Households with older adults 148 37.99 39.04
Nursing beds 148 46.91 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 142 63.35 70.35
Home health-care service providers 87 15.55 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 139 11.43 14.8
Cost of assisted living 221 64.20 71.61
Nursing-home rating 139 20.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 73 85.28 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 18 77.48 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 58 40.18 31.34
Employment growth 96 45.67 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 260 2.08 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 82 76.50 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 19 13.30 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 112 39.42 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 57 26.28 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 27 62.53 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 58 53.09 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 186 26.45 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 192 12.45 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 78 58.84 63.01
Number of public libraries 128 22.82 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 5 94.63 12.40
Funding for older adults 163 28.00 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 216 82.07 85.93
College enrollment 22 55.66 26.46