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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lynchburg, VA
#187
OVERALL RANKING

Lynchburg, VA


SCORE: 64.74

#188
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.71
 
#178
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 65.12
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.60%
Population 65+:  42,376
Total Population:  255,309

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 140 81.29 81.58 -.36 %
Health Care 108 51.64 50.15 2.97 %
Wellness 174 65.56 68.45 -4.22 %
Financial 202 77.63 81.09 -4.27 %
EducationEducation 97 60.00 71.18 1.28 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
144 70.88 71.18 -.42 %
Employment 187 45.65 51.56 -11.46 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
240 47.99 57.14 -16.01 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
77 54.13 51.89 4.32 %
(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 200 41.15 49.09
Crime Rate 23 63.78 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 234 76.71 80.67
Unemployment Rate 108 48.35 46.80
Income Distribution 110 84.44 84.25
Weather 127 62.02 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 154 24.83 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 199 26.35 33.5
Number of hospital beds 8 62.36 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 233 50.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 34 22.51 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 187 10.58 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 265 7.05 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 124 13.47 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 2 50.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 210 7.77 13.35
Number of nurses 179 20.21 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 232 1.16 2.35
ER Wait Times 259 12.70 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 158 43.73 46.33
Smoking rate 258 7.08 13.69
Diabetes rate 199 35.36 41.83
Binge drinking 72 22.98 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 139 76.67 74.78
Caregivers 231 29.22 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 168 75.29 76.89
Depression 64 53.98 49.3
Physical activity 158 35.84 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 77 50.24 42.27
Fast-food outlets 135 34.35 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 113 16.62 17.69
Air quality 117 61.15 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 153 52.59 53.83
Total bank deposits 96 1.01 1.37
Tax burden 215 59.31 70.55
Dependency ratio 111 61.41 61.29
Small business growth 201 78.77 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 121 29.37 29.07
Capital gains 168 25.13 31.31
Income growth 192 58.35 60.52
Reverse mortgages 81 35.11 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 173 40.95 46.02
Median rental price 149 70.01 70.18
Households with older adults 58 42.88 39.04
Nursing beds 141 48.03 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 142 63.35 70.35
Home health-care service providers 95 14.24 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 96 14.57 14.8
Cost of assisted living 221 64.20 71.61
Nursing-home rating 27 46.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 75 85.19 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 209 48.30 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 126 24.78 31.34
Employment growth 22 49.83 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 185 4.10 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 237 62.96 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 66 5.00 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 112 39.42 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 201 10.96 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 206 35.33 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 213 35.80 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 65 32.77 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 209 11.61 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 76 59.25 63.01
Number of public libraries 142 21.73 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 37 80.19 12.40
Funding for older adults 167 27.96 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 215 82.18 85.93
College enrollment 61 32.75 26.46