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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
#238
OVERALL RANKING

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH


SCORE: 62.69

#248
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 62.56
 
#230
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.21
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.58%
Population 65+:  60,477
Total Population:  364,856

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 275 71.67 81.58 -12.15 %
Health Care 97 52.94 50.15 5.56 %
Wellness 280 58.28 68.45 -14.86 %
Financial 138 81.17 81.09 0.10 %
EducationEducation 242 52.17 71.18 -11.93 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
146 70.78 71.18 -.56 %
Employment 170 46.74 51.56 -9.35 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
198 52.42 57.14 -8.26 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
98 52.93 51.89 2.00 %
(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 115 52.02 49.09
Crime Rate 281 10.62 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 251 75.52 80.67
Unemployment Rate 210 37.48 46.80
Income Distribution 159 82.61 84.25
Weather 151 59.44 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 169 23.54 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 71 38.95 33.5
Number of hospital beds 62 38.94 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 24 31.52 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 114 22.22 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 124 24.69 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 125 27.27 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 56 16.41 13.35
Number of nurses 64 29.27 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 238 1.12 2.35
ER Wait Times 222 15.79 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 273 36.63 46.33
Smoking rate 272 6.32 13.69
Diabetes rate 270 27.69 41.83
Binge drinking 99 19.75 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 230 62.60 74.78
Caregivers 54 47.76 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 271 69.68 76.89
Depression 272 38.70 49.3
Physical activity 260 28.91 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 226 30.79 42.27
Fast-food outlets 257 27.66 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 149 13.79 17.69
Air quality 236 51.45 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 182 48.83 53.83
Total bank deposits 168 0.82 1.37
Tax burden 80 80.09 70.55
Dependency ratio 202 57.19 61.29
Small business growth 197 78.86 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 204 22.81 29.07
Capital gains 275 18.54 31.31
Income growth 247 57.00 60.52
Reverse mortgages 63 38.54 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 87 53.14 46.02
Median rental price 37 82.86 70.18
Households with older adults 60 42.73 39.04
Nursing beds 178 41.53 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 217 55.43 70.35
Home health-care service providers 83 15.95 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 228 7.01 14.8
Cost of assisted living 128 71.51 71.61
Nursing-home rating 210 9.52 22.29
Older adults in family homes 133 82.56 82.84
Cost of adult day services 147 51.50 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 191 50.13 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 94 30.26 31.34
Employment growth 113 45.06 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 196 3.94 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 231 63.75 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 193 1.55 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 260 22.59 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 116 18.10 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 171 39.78 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 71 51.14 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 63 32.91 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 46 25.91 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 231 42.94 63.01
Number of public libraries 72 29.64 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 149 60.51 12.40
Funding for older adults 65 30.62 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 244 78.96 85.93
College enrollment 174 19.29 26.46