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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Macon, GA
#138
OVERALL RANKING

Macon, GA


SCORE: 66.27

#148
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.86
 
#94
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 68.40
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.78%
Population 65+:  32,049
Total Population:  232,650

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 180 80.01 81.58 -1.92 %
Health Care 68 56.87 50.15 13.40 %
Wellness 190 64.97 68.45 -5.08 %
Financial 122 82.29 81.09 1.48 %
EducationEducation 267 48.82 71.18 -17.59 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
36 82.60 71.18 16.04 %
Employment 244 40.52 51.56 -21.41 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
163 54.01 57.14 -5.48 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
201 47.08 51.89 -9.27 %
(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 43 61.90 49.09
Crime Rate 267 25.56 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 121 81.08 80.67
Unemployment Rate 211 37.42 46.80
Income Distribution 277 73.08 84.25
Weather 75 69.37 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 238 17.19 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 52 42.29 33.5
Number of hospital beds 45 43.11 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 27 29.02 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 90 27.28 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 261 9.09 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 110 17.37 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 161 14.29 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 51 14.29 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 42 17.86 13.35
Number of nurses 119 24.41 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 44 2.84 2.35
ER Wait Times 79 29.83 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 159 43.65 46.33
Smoking rate 180 10.13 13.69
Diabetes rate 234 32.24 41.83
Binge drinking 11 43.84 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 71 84.71 74.78
Caregivers 120 38.33 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 247 71.08 76.89
Depression 165 46.45 49.3
Physical activity 224 31.62 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 163 38.79 42.27
Fast-food outlets 254 28.01 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 234 8.27 17.69
Air quality 256 49.38 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 138 54.90 53.83
Total bank deposits 191 0.77 1.37
Tax burden 81 80.03 70.55
Dependency ratio 169 58.53 61.29
Small business growth 133 81.03 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 267 16.29 29.07
Capital gains 178 24.21 31.31
Income growth 249 56.92 60.52
Reverse mortgages 66 37.59 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 36 62.00 46.02
Median rental price 104 74.36 70.18
Households with older adults 137 38.27 39.04
Nursing beds 35 74.55 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 60 76.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 102 13.72 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 55 21.37 14.8
Cost of assisted living 7 87.67 71.61
Nursing-home rating 164 16.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 61 85.86 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 266 37.32 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 194 18.07 31.34
Employment growth 155 43.62 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 43 14.66 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 204 66.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 133 2.65 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 145 37.15 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 160 13.91 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 88 49.91 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 194 38.27 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 162 28.01 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 234 9.68 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 240 42.32 63.01
Number of public libraries 95 26.22 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 82 71.40 12.40
Funding for older adults 228 27.15 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 264 74.20 85.93
College enrollment 204 17.69 26.46