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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
#247
OVERALL RANKING

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC


SCORE: 62.31

#251
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 62.30
 
#226
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.34
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.27%
Population 65+:  59,167
Total Population:  363,729

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 217 78.65 81.58 -3.59 %
Health Care 181 45.11 50.15 -10.05 %
Wellness 243 62.27 68.45 -9.03 %
Financial 212 76.68 81.09 -5.44 %
EducationEducation 259 50.20 71.18 -15.26 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
65 78.64 71.18 10.48 %
Employment 232 41.79 51.56 -18.95 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
254 45.45 57.14 -20.46 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
108 52.50 51.89 1.18 %
(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 155 47.29 49.09
Crime Rate 138 40.69 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 202 78.25 80.67
Unemployment Rate 166 41.52 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 104 65.38 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 210 19.64 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 232 23.26 33.5
Number of hospital beds 179 23.52 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 48 16.08 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 197 7.56 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 165 20.15 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 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 43 16.67 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 209 7.90 13.35
Number of nurses 187 19.64 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 194 1.43 2.35
ER Wait Times 189 18.21 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 194 42.10 46.33
Smoking rate 218 9.17 13.69
Diabetes rate 247 30.82 41.83
Binge drinking 30 31.49 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 150 75.95 74.78
Caregivers 159 34.43 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 246 71.09 76.89
Depression 197 44.51 49.3
Physical activity 210 32.36 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 253 23.46 42.27
Fast-food outlets 136 34.32 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 116 16.45 17.69
Air quality 167 56.42 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 219 42.71 53.83
Total bank deposits 241 0.62 1.37
Tax burden 129 74.95 70.55
Dependency ratio 168 58.62 61.29
Small business growth 245 76.16 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 261 18.24 29.07
Capital gains 200 22.78 31.31
Income growth 253 56.78 60.52
Reverse mortgages 123 29.50 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 101 51.55 46.02
Median rental price 26 84.51 70.18
Households with older adults 60 42.73 39.04
Nursing beds 193 39.50 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 108 67.96 70.35
Home health-care service providers 40 22.60 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 44 24.07 14.8
Cost of assisted living 19 84.17 71.61
Nursing-home rating 224 6.25 22.29
Older adults in family homes 91 84.38 82.84
Cost of adult day services 34 68.63 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 157 53.21 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 222 14.67 31.34
Employment growth 122 44.61 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 274 1.44 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 153 70.18 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 270 0.30 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 269 21.08 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 260 6.85 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 142 42.57 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 246 30.68 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 64 32.80 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 210 11.58 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 93 57.01 63.01
Number of public libraries 190 16.43 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 24 83.08 12.40
Funding for older adults 238 27.12 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 253 76.79 85.93
College enrollment 206 17.57 26.46