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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lafayette, LA
#85
OVERALL RANKING

Lafayette, LA


SCORE: 68.05

#82
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 68.27
 
#79
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.97
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.90%
Population 65+:  56,407
Total Population:  473,966

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 126 81.70 81.58 0.15 %
Health Care 124 50.31 50.15 0.32 %
Wellness 206 64.24 68.45 -6.15 %
Financial 33 87.95 81.09 8.46 %
EducationEducation 260 50.03 71.18 -15.55 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
56 79.51 71.18 11.70 %
Employment 40 61.76 51.56 19.78 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
64 63.59 57.14 11.29 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
195 47.34 51.89 -8.77 %
(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 102 53.90 49.09
Crime Rate 219 31.17 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 186 78.84 80.67
Unemployment Rate 211 37.42 46.80
Income Distribution 229 79.17 84.25
Weather 34 77.32 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 244 16.83 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 92 36.55 33.5
Number of hospital beds 69 37.26 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 254 42.86 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 34 45.76 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 163 20.34 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 176 3.57 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 83 14.37 13.35
Number of nurses 152 22.13 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 77 2.41 2.35
ER Wait Times 118 24.39 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 178 42.71 46.33
Smoking rate 232 8.49 13.69
Diabetes rate 164 38.16 41.83
Binge drinking 193 14.73 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 199 70.45 74.78
Caregivers 59 46.96 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 224 72.50 76.89
Depression 182 45.40 49.3
Physical activity 247 30.29 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 81 49.75 42.27
Fast-food outlets 136 34.32 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 259 6.88 17.69
Air quality 168 56.37 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 21 73.70 53.83
Total bank deposits 38 1.29 1.37
Tax burden 11 92.96 70.55
Dependency ratio 91 62.54 61.29
Small business growth 15 89.11 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 249 19.51 29.07
Capital gains 191 23.77 31.31
Income growth 38 64.16 60.52
Reverse mortgages 173 20.68 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 154 43.19 46.02
Median rental price 121 73.08 70.18
Households with older adults 235 31.94 39.04
Nursing beds 33 75.18 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 29 90.32 70.35
Home health-care service providers 41 22.25 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 278 3.48 14.8
Cost of assisted living 30 83.89 71.61
Nursing-home rating 162 17.86 22.29
Older adults in family homes 150 82.08 82.84
Cost of adult day services 94 55.56 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 38 70.92 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 48 46.34 31.34
Employment growth 112 45.10 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 129 6.11 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 267 57.52 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 171 1.97 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 271 20.32 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 245 8.40 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 8 84.10 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 74 50.62 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 232 23.37 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 48 25.29 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 277 35.25 63.01
Number of public libraries 43 36.13 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 212 46.38 12.40
Funding for older adults 97 29.22 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 256 75.96 85.93
College enrollment 194 18.21 26.46