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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Memphis, TN-MS-AR
#76
OVERALL RANKING

Memphis, TN-MS-AR


SCORE: 70.05

#78
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 69.81
 
#71
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 69.76
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.24%
Population 65+:  150,659
Total Population:  1,340,739

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 97 80.82 87.83 -7.98 %
Health Care 23 68.71 62.09 10.66 %
Wellness 83 65.96 72.07 -8.48 %
Financial Security 54 87.97 88.25 -.32 %
Education 84 55.57 61.67 -9.89 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
71 40.08 46.42 -13.66 %
Employment 46 63.60 63.96 -.56 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
40 71.72 69.42 3.31 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
69 69.84 73.23 -4.63 %
(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 19 58.58 46.41
Crime rate 100 30.82 52.77
Internet access 83 76.55 83.51
Employment growth 76 83.50 86.82
Unemployment rate 94 48.76 64.06
Income distribution 87 81.63 86.33
Weather 48 63.89 65.13
Fatal car crashes 91 30.17 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 94 85.24 62.02
Primary-care physicians 65 53.60 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 36 48.36 45.49
Number of nurses 38 41.35 38.33
Number of hospital beds 6 51.68 37.22
Long-term hospitals 49 20.07 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 30 45.34 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 23 54.36 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 51 26.16 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 11 43.31 31.70
Dialysis centers 1 100.00 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 51 49.27 48.95
Physical therapists 75 45.16 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 7 81.61 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 45 88.00 83.71
Medical school affiliation 49 45.82 45.76
Magnet hospitals 53 9.60 14.40
ER wait times 88 25.83 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 92 59.05 70.79
Smoking rate 78 22.08 30.34
Diabetes rate 91 37.12 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 93 63.47 81.26
Caregivers 2 65.67 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 95 78.36 84.59
Depression 8 53.03 43.31
Physical activity 99 46.66 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 84 33.55 46.08
Fast-food outlets 35 63.51 61.73
Falls with injury 58 35.62 38.43
Binge drinking 6 57.18 40.64
Air quality 52 65.96 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 44 49.36 47.44
Total bank deposits 63 4.64 7.24
Tax burden 4 97.24 68.14
Dependency ratio 53 84.25 84.57
Growth of small businesses 100 79.84 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 87 45.49 58.57
Capital gains 71 34.65 49.15
Income growth 75 81.19 84.11
Reverse mortgages 29 21.16 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 17 57.08 44.17
Median rental price 41 73.56 69.47
Households with older adults 77 49.34 55.52
Nursing beds 46 59.03 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 31 72.49 64.62
Home health-care service providers 63 11.39 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 84 13.49 23.14
Cost of assisted living 35 86.32 80.63
Nursing-home rating 83 20.22 36.99
Older adults in family homes 45 85.32 84.60
Cost of adult day services 24 60.86 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 69 40.82 50.90
Commute times 42 81.43 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 95 17.62 38.41
Number of passenger trips 66 3.67 9.79
Public transport fare 42 12.90 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 17 77.70 67.65
Grocery stores 45 33.79 33.58
Special needs transportation 38 30.91 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 82 40.48 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 68 24.88 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 66 47.53 53.28
Number of public libraries 50 41.99 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 18 81.56 60.15
Funding for older adults 49 74.46 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 83 86.02 38.00
College enrollment 70 52.83 58.16
Number of community colleges 96 6.71 20.92
Number of universities 33 44.55 38.93