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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Hot Springs, AR
#263
OVERALL RANKING

Hot Springs, AR


SCORE: 61.28

#268
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 61.36
 
#249
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 62.28
 
Percent of Population 65+:  21.33%
Population 65+:  20,664
Total Population:  96,889

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 260 75.16 81.58 -7.87 %
Health Care 193 44.33 50.15 -11.61 %
Wellness 281 57.94 68.45 -15.35 %
Financial 195 78.00 81.09 -3.81 %
EducationEducation 203 54.81 71.18 -7.48 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
55 79.51 71.18 11.70 %
Employment 223 42.79 51.56 -17.01 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
246 47.28 57.14 -17.26 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
215 46.01 51.89 -11.33 %
(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 170 45.51 49.09
Crime Rate 274 21.77 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 233 76.72 80.67
Unemployment Rate 166 41.52 46.80
Income Distribution 250 77.55 84.25
Weather 92 66.21 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 252 16.10 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 206 25.76 33.5
Number of hospital beds 84 33.26 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 75.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 112 22.58 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 85 30.11 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 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 120 12.14 13.35
Number of nurses 204 18.22 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 232 1.16 2.35
ER Wait Times 200 17.43 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 232 40.20 46.33
Smoking rate 267 6.61 13.69
Diabetes rate 272 27.24 41.83
Binge drinking 145 16.91 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 256 56.07 74.78
Caregivers 81 42.23 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 230 72.19 76.89
Depression 168 46.30 49.3
Physical activity 264 28.71 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 255 23.01 42.27
Fast-food outlets 261 27.08 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 57 24.53 17.69
Air quality 197 54.46 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 26 71.10 53.83
Total bank deposits 115 0.94 1.37
Tax burden 94 77.92 70.55
Dependency ratio 261 50.88 61.29
Small business growth 202 78.75 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 77 32.92 29.07
Capital gains 236 21.25 31.31
Income growth 141 59.56 60.52
Reverse mortgages 213 13.80 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 136 45.80 46.02
Median rental price 46 81.03 70.18
Households with older adults 18 50.36 39.04
Nursing beds 90 58.90 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 29 90.32 70.35
Home health-care service providers 145 11.31 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 221 7.43 14.8
Cost of assisted living 41 82.44 71.61
Nursing-home rating 127 22.22 22.29
Older adults in family homes 76 85.07 82.84
Cost of adult day services 207 43.75 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 212 48.05 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 261 11.00 31.34
Employment growth 62 46.97 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 60 11.98 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 135 71.16 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 233 0.76 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 224 30.08 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 225 9.25 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 215 33.95 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+ 16 40.94 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 30 29.44 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 261 40.49 63.01
Number of public libraries 281 2.97 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 199 49.01 12.40
Funding for older adults 101 29.09 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 85 89.95 85.93
College enrollment 273 11.73 26.46