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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Jackson, MS
#8
OVERALL RANKING

Jackson, MS


SCORE: 77.23

#8
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.97
 
#8
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.03
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.90%
Population 65+:  68,603
Total Population:  576,406

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 77 84.09 87.83 -4.26 %
Health Care 3 85.87 62.09 38.30 %
Wellness 71 67.69 72.07 -6.08 %
Financial Security 8 93.67 88.25 6.14 %
Education 27 65.23 61.67 5.77 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
96 33.22 46.42 -28.44 %
Employment 4 83.45 63.96 30.47 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
13 77.04 69.42 10.98 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
5 89.94 73.23 22.82 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Affordable living

- Relatively low median home and rental prices
- Hospital stays that won’t empty the wallet
- Low tax burden; low rates of reverse mortgages

Convenient medical care

- Many nurses, nurse practitioners, and orthopedic surgeons
- Tops in access to rehab facilities; many geriatric facilities
- Caregiving options in abundance
- Easy access to dialysis and diagnostic centers

Opportunities

- Paychecks: low unemployment among older adults
- Many libraries and religious and civic organizations

Needs Work


Livability factors

- High income inequality
- Slow employment growth
- Few older adults with Internet access
- High levels of car crashes and crime

Unhealthy habits

- Low levels of Medicare enrollment
- Couch potatoes; fast food a staple and obesity and Alzheimer’s common.

Takeaway


Affordable cost of living and a low tax burden are bright spots for residents of Jackson despite a struggling economy and low employment growth. This Deep South metro offers older residents jobs as well as social and civic engagement options, and its large health-care sector provides ample services and support. But to improve overall wellness, behavior needs to change.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of living 30 53.48 46.41
Crime rate 55 47.37 52.77
Internet access 98 66.32 83.51
Employment growth 75 83.54 86.82
Unemployment rate 66 58.33 64.06
Income distribution 87 81.63 86.33
Weather 31 71.23 65.13
Fatal car crashes 95 28.28 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 98 83.65 62.02
Primary-care physicians 33 61.64 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 9 64.31 45.49
Number of nurses 2 60.95 38.33
Number of hospital beds 1 100.00 37.22
Long-term hospitals 13 44.30 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 5 71.48 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 1 100.00 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 47 28.88 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 3 51.13 31.70
Dialysis centers 4 75.29 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 13 66.01 48.95
Physical therapists 20 71.37 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 1 100.00 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 81 73.68 83.71
Medical school affiliation 70 33.49 45.76
Magnet hospitals 78 0.00 14.40
ER wait times 46 36.11 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 91 59.28 70.79
Smoking rate 67 23.52 30.34
Diabetes rate 82 39.64 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 100 40.57 81.26
Caregivers 1 100.00 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 90 79.33 84.59
Depression 47 43.04 43.31
Physical activity 100 45.25 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 37 50.91 46.08
Fast-food outlets 98 50.49 61.73
Falls with injury 49 36.93 38.43
Binge drinking 13 50.30 40.64
Air quality 57 65.16 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 10 57.67 47.44
Total bank deposits 53 5.16 7.24
Tax burden 1 100.00 68.14
Dependency ratio 50 84.53 84.57
Growth of small businesses 63 84.67 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 94 38.13 58.57
Capital gains 100 22.95 49.15
Income growth 59 82.38 84.11
Reverse mortgages 3 55.09 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 27 53.41 44.17
Median rental price 27 77.76 69.47
Households with older adults 66 51.75 55.52
Nursing beds 27 76.89 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 34 68.29 64.62
Home health-care service providers 20 17.91 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 73 15.79 23.14
Cost of assisted living 19 91.43 80.63
Nursing-home rating 65 28.18 36.99
Older adults in family homes 47 84.87 84.60
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 93 30.61 50.90
Commute times 48 78.78 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 96 16.54 38.41
Number of passenger trips 100 0.59 9.79
Public transport fare 17 16.67 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 87 55.29 67.65
Grocery stores 77 26.75 33.58
Special needs transportation 54 24.80 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 67 42.59 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 90 19.72 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 51 51.36 53.28
Number of public libraries 3 92.94 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 6 96.28 60.15
Funding for older adults 34 77.59 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 90 83.55 38.00
College enrollment 28 63.03 58.16
Number of community colleges 29 23.37 20.92
Number of universities 16 51.73 38.93