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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Huntsville, AL
#207
OVERALL RANKING

Huntsville, AL


SCORE: 64.00

#209
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 63.99
 
#194
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.64
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.93%
Population 65+:  55,601
Total Population:  430,146

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 218 78.64 81.58 -3.60 %
Health Care 111 51.20 50.15 2.09 %
Wellness 167 66.02 68.45 -3.55 %
Financial 152 80.50 81.09 -.73 %
EducationEducation 138 57.80 71.18 -2.43 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
113 73.95 71.18 3.89 %
Employment 164 47.27 51.56 -8.32 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
265 42.83 57.14 -25.04 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
218 45.95 51.89 -11.45 %
(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 184 43.28 49.09
Crime Rate 210 32.76 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 143 80.20 80.67
Unemployment Rate 149 42.96 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 105 65.22 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 119 28.57 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 82 37.64 33.5
Number of hospital beds 150 26.03 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 153 80.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 109 23.43 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 156 20.82 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 73 40.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 79 14.53 13.35
Number of nurses 67 29.17 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 268 0.83 2.35
ER Wait Times 253 13.29 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 210 41.45 46.33
Smoking rate 125 11.69 13.69
Diabetes rate 204 34.74 41.83
Binge drinking 59 24.88 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 215 68.26 74.78
Caregivers 37 52.23 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 177 74.90 76.89
Depression 68 53.41 49.3
Physical activity 159 35.79 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 50 55.81 42.27
Fast-food outlets 259 27.40 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 220 9.20 17.69
Air quality 272 47.33 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 156 52.03 53.83
Total bank deposits 130 0.90 1.37
Tax burden 19 89.41 70.55
Dependency ratio 61 65.27 61.29
Small business growth 139 80.92 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 219 21.69 29.07
Capital gains 253 19.06 31.31
Income growth 119 60.27 60.52
Reverse mortgages 209 14.48 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 213 36.25 46.02
Median rental price 90 76.74 70.18
Households with older adults 217 33.67 39.04
Nursing beds 223 34.48 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 76 73.30 70.35
Home health-care service providers 110 13.22 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 223 7.34 14.8
Cost of assisted living 44 82.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 182 14.29 22.29
Older adults in family homes 53 86.55 82.84
Cost of adult day services 21 97.22 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 105 58.58 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 210 16.00 31.34
Employment growth 27 49.12 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 149 5.31 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 135 71.16 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 224 0.93 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 258 23.07 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 252 7.46 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 212 34.48 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 253 28.40 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 196 25.89 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 191 12.51 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 169 50.76 63.01
Number of public libraries 231 12.84 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 123 64.77 12.40
Funding for older adults 146 28.55 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 193 84.35 85.93
College enrollment 92 25.20 26.46