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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lake Charles, LA
#118
OVERALL RANKING

Lake Charles, LA


SCORE: 66.99

#119
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.04
 
#107
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.96
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.28%
Population 65+:  26,686
Total Population:  201,005

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 74 84.17 81.58 3.17 %
Health Care 122 50.56 50.15 0.82 %
Wellness 272 60.65 68.45 -11.40 %
Financial 70 84.92 81.09 4.72 %
EducationEducation 231 53.09 71.18 -10.38 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
59 79.26 71.18 11.35 %
Employment 108 51.91 51.56 0.68 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
98 58.66 57.14 2.66 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
112 52.34 51.89 0.87 %
(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 127 50.79 49.09
Crime Rate 265 25.67 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 18 87.94 80.67
Unemployment Rate 139 44.09 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 37 77.03 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 159 24.28 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 153 30.71 33.5
Number of hospital beds 67 37.98 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 229 58.33 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 70 32.63 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 36 43.51 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 174 8.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 94 13.75 13.35
Number of nurses 110 25.06 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 72 2.45 2.35
ER Wait Times 106 25.21 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 183 42.64 46.33
Smoking rate 254 7.38 13.69
Diabetes rate 185 36.03 41.83
Binge drinking 157 16.34 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 190 71.43 74.78
Caregivers 78 42.60 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 278 68.26 76.89
Depression 181 45.43 49.3
Physical activity 274 27.56 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 228 30.76 42.27
Fast-food outlets 236 29.04 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 216 9.37 17.69
Air quality 175 55.85 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 28 70.60 53.83
Total bank deposits 104 0.98 1.37
Tax burden 11 92.96 70.55
Dependency ratio 159 58.81 61.29
Small business growth 57 84.34 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 241 20.05 29.07
Capital gains 191 23.77 31.31
Income growth 70 62.00 60.52
Reverse mortgages 188 17.97 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 129 47.19 46.02
Median rental price 152 69.57 70.18
Households with older adults 195 35.83 39.04
Nursing beds 59 68.41 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 29 90.32 70.35
Home health-care service providers 32 25.01 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 197 8.38 14.8
Cost of assisted living 30 83.89 71.61
Nursing-home rating 207 10.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 106 83.56 82.84
Cost of adult day services 94 55.56 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 63 64.10 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 90 31.89 31.34
Employment growth 139 44.07 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 277 1.06 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 119 72.51 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 229 0.84 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 7 53.32 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 242 8.48 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 94 49.12 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 120 45.68 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 193 26.00 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 50 25.19 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 278 35.23 63.01
Number of public libraries 34 39.95 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 118 66.57 12.40
Funding for older adults 92 29.23 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 227 80.73 85.93
College enrollment 178 19.18 26.46