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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lubbock, TX
#19
OVERALL RANKING

Lubbock, TX


SCORE: 72.62

#18
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.94
 
#9
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.92
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.58%
Population 65+:  34,494
Total Population:  297,877

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 22 88.79 81.58 8.84 %
Health Care 38 60.63 50.15 20.90 %
Wellness 133 67.84 68.45 -.89 %
Financial 81 84.40 81.09 4.08 %
EducationEducation 52 64.32 71.18 8.58 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
6 90.17 71.18 26.68 %
Employment 14 74.81 51.56 45.09 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
125 56.60 57.14 -.95 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
210 46.41 51.89 -10.56 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Affordability

- Low unemployment and strengthening job market
- Inexpensive living; comparatively low median house prices
- Highly affordable nursing homes and adult day-care centers

Access to care

- Many orthopedic surgeons, hospital beds, and rehab facilities
- Daily living assistance: ample home-health providers
- Good availability of continuing-care facilities

Needs Work


Chronic disease risk factors

- Too many fast food restaurants; too few grocery stores
- Comparatively short life expectancy
- High rates of smoking, binge drinking, and depression

Safety and activity

- High crime rate
- Low neighborhood walkability and few pedestrian commuters
- Sweat it: too few fitness and outdoor recreation centers

Takeaway


Lubbock’s easy lifestyle includes affordable living costs, low unemployment, short commutes to work, and mild weather. This High Plains metro provides strong access to long-term supports and services for aging adults. Of concern: low wellness scores and lack of community engagement.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 35 64.09 49.09
Crime Rate 268 25.51 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 59 83.28 80.67
Unemployment Rate 20 68.12 46.80
Income Distribution 250 77.55 84.25
Weather 58 72.38 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 195 21.27 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 61 41.16 33.5
Number of hospital beds 22 50.79 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 191 66.67 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 102 24.86 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 43 41.44 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 54 31.66 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 16 27.93 13.35
Number of nurses 23 38.64 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 115 2.10 2.35
ER Wait Times 169 19.43 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 60 50.57 46.33
Smoking rate 88 13.83 13.69
Diabetes rate 60 49.05 41.83
Binge drinking 195 14.66 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 72 84.64 74.78
Caregivers 102 40.06 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 234 72.03 76.89
Depression 238 42.06 49.3
Physical activity 180 34.25 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 220 32.08 42.27
Fast-food outlets 263 26.90 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 218 9.33 17.69
Air quality 74 67.33 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 60 64.41 53.83
Total bank deposits 27 1.41 1.37
Tax burden 54 82.09 70.55
Dependency ratio 59 65.38 61.29
Small business growth 114 81.68 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 206 22.61 29.07
Capital gains 61 38.96 31.31
Income growth 44 63.58 60.52
Reverse mortgages 197 16.49 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 37 61.42 46.02
Median rental price 180 67.44 70.18
Households with older adults 231 32.09 39.04
Nursing beds 55 69.38 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 1 100.00 70.35
Home health-care service providers 10 42.88 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 32 27.14 14.8
Cost of assisted living 129 71.23 71.61
Nursing-home rating 227 5.56 22.29
Older adults in family homes 162 81.78 82.84
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 10 84.95 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 35 55.64 31.34
Employment growth 105 45.23 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 36 17.27 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 10 90.00 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 33 9.47 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 202 32.72 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 145 15.11 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 253 29.64 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+ 251 22.51 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 138 15.61 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 217 44.61 63.01
Number of public libraries 153 20.66 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 113 66.86 12.40
Funding for older adults 197 27.49 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 222 81.55 85.93
College enrollment 31 43.09 26.46