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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Knoxville, TN
#89
OVERALL RANKING

Knoxville, TN


SCORE: 68.67

#92
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.72
 
#89
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.68
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.98%
Population 65+:  135,490
Total Population:  848,095

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 91 81.82 87.83 -6.84 %
Health Care 75 56.06 62.09 -9.71 %
Wellness 87 65.51 72.07 -9.10 %
Financial Security 41 89.46 88.25 1.37 %
Education 70 57.93 61.67 -6.06 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
91 34.38 46.42 -25.94 %
Employment 80 57.37 63.96 -10.30 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
22 75.87 69.42 9.29 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
37 76.48 73.23 4.44 %
(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 40 49.71 46.41
Crime rate 62 45.15 52.77
Internet access 84 76.50 83.51
Employment growth 60 85.10 86.82
Unemployment rate 61 58.77 64.06
Income distribution 87 81.63 86.33
Weather 44 64.78 65.13
Fatal car crashes 97 24.56 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 90 86.03 62.02
Primary-care physicians 73 50.96 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 30 50.96 45.49
Number of nurses 81 30.48 38.33
Number of hospital beds 61 33.12 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 44 37.55 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 42 42.03 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 28 45.51 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 73 26.96 31.70
Dialysis centers 48 37.71 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 77 37.08 48.95
Physical therapists 79 41.74 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 13 78.05 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 46 87.50 83.71
Medical school affiliation 90 15.91 45.76
Magnet hospitals 63 7.50 14.40
ER wait times 45 36.25 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 87 60.44 70.79
Smoking rate 72 22.69 30.34
Diabetes rate 94 36.73 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 76 76.16 81.26
Caregivers 35 41.39 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 99 77.94 84.59
Depression 80 37.38 43.31
Physical activity 98 47.02 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 81 34.88 46.08
Fast-food outlets 52 59.29 61.73
Falls with injury 24 41.10 38.43
Binge drinking 3 61.76 40.64
Air quality 75 59.74 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 21 54.56 47.44
Total bank deposits 75 4.10 7.24
Tax burden 2 97.75 68.14
Dependency ratio 71 82.87 84.57
Growth of small businesses 97 80.30 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 77 51.61 58.57
Capital gains 65 35.79 49.15
Income growth 49 83.74 84.11
Reverse mortgages 34 19.27 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 32 51.75 44.17
Median rental price 7 84.82 69.47
Households with older adults 14 61.40 55.52
Nursing beds 50 57.91 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 27 72.92 64.62
Home health-care service providers 78 9.16 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 85 13.32 23.14
Cost of assisted living 38 84.83 80.63
Nursing-home rating 21 48.95 36.99
Older adults in family homes 50 84.38 84.60
Cost of adult day services 35 56.45 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 85 35.15 50.90
Commute times 32 83.55 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 79 22.83 38.41
Number of passenger trips 91 1.38 9.79
Public transport fare 45 11.76 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 85 55.85 67.65
Grocery stores 82 24.94 33.58
Special needs transportation 99 6.32 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 12 56.36 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 85 20.50 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 69 46.61 53.28
Number of public libraries 21 54.34 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 16 82.86 60.15
Funding for older adults 52 73.54 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 81 86.34 38.00
College enrollment 73 51.91 58.16
Number of community colleges 41 21.02 20.92
Number of universities 61 34.90 38.93