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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Hattiesburg, MS
#45
OVERALL RANKING

Hattiesburg, MS


SCORE: 70.60

#45
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 70.45
 
#39
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.40
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.95%
Population 65+:  17,536
Total Population:  146,759

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 64 84.64 81.58 3.75 %
Health Care 69 56.83 50.15 13.32 %
Wellness 113 68.97 68.45 0.76 %
Financial 19 90.24 81.09 11.28 %
EducationEducation 54 63.95 71.18 7.95 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
38 81.76 71.18 14.86 %
Employment 179 46.08 51.56 -10.63 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
148 54.70 57.14 -4.27 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
73 54.50 51.89 5.03 %
(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 126 50.80 49.09
Crime Rate 96 46.68 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 149 80.11 80.67
Unemployment Rate 177 40.38 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 50 74.10 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 126 27.61 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 35 46.50 33.5
Number of hospital beds 17 54.67 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 221 60.00 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 73 32.76 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 56 31.29 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 143 20.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 20 25.63 13.35
Number of nurses 20 39.40 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 75 2.42 2.35
ER Wait Times 270 11.01 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 225 40.61 46.33
Smoking rate 100 12.45 13.69
Diabetes rate 166 37.90 41.83
Binge drinking 58 25.07 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 271 39.27 74.78
Caregivers 1 100.00 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 181 74.70 76.89
Depression 234 42.30 49.3
Physical activity 235 31.01 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 135 42.25 42.27
Fast-food outlets 275 25.80 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 158 12.87 17.69
Air quality 156 57.18 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 11 77.18 53.83
Total bank deposits 91 1.02 1.37
Tax burden 1 100.00 70.55
Dependency ratio 70 64.48 61.29
Small business growth 160 80.31 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 92 31.95 29.07
Capital gains 276 16.20 31.31
Income growth 160 59.24 60.52
Reverse mortgages 98 33.47 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 66 55.81 46.02
Median rental price 131 72.21 70.18
Households with older adults 215 33.81 39.04
Nursing beds 106 54.41 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 103 68.29 70.35
Home health-care service providers 80 16.16 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 165 9.76 14.8
Cost of assisted living 60 80.16 71.61
Nursing-home rating 16 50.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 79 85.02 82.84
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 115 56.92 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 214 15.67 31.34
Employment growth 187 42.83 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 75 9.78 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 182 68.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 264 0.46 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 201 32.79 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 164 13.67 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 87 49.92 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 141 43.21 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 226 23.87 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 273 5.33 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 159 51.68 63.01
Number of public libraries 22 43.88 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 29 82.59 12.40
Funding for older adults 87 29.46 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 137 87.46 85.93
College enrollment 51 35.05 26.46