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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Morgantown, WV
#18
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Morgantown, WV


SCORE: 72.95

#21
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.54
 
#12
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 73.60
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.90%
Population 65+:  15,997
Total Population:  134,467

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 129 81.63 81.58 0.06 %
Health Care 9 73.35 50.15 46.26 %
Wellness 141 67.54 68.45 -1.33 %
Financial 43 87.10 81.09 7.41 %
EducationEducation 28 71.17 71.18 20.14 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
171 68.42 71.18 -3.88 %
Employment 92 53.90 51.56 4.54 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
29 71.38 57.14 24.92 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
60 55.90 51.89 7.73 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It


Strong health services

- Making your bones: large number of orthopedic surgeons
- Ample primary-care clinicians; many home health-care providers
- Affordable hospitals with lots of beds
- Access to med school-affiliated and magnet hospitals

Going places

- High ridership on public transportation
- Walkable neighborhoods
- Strong funding of transportation for older and disabled riders

Needs Work


Population health

- Poor air quality
- Few fitness and outdoor recreation opportunities
- High rates of diabetes, obesity, and smoking
- Many cases of Alzheimer’s and depression

Economic obstacles

- Many older adults unemployed or in poverty
- Manufacturing-heavy economy: slow growth
- Expensive housing for local income levels

Takeaway


Strong medical services, including ample access to primary and specialty care, keep Morgantown on the Top 20 list. A personalized rapid-transit system using small rail cars, associated with West Virginia University, also sets it apart. The downsides: the state’s opioid epidemic along with Morgantown’s unhealthy population, high unemployment, and manufacturing-heavy economy, which may contribute to the drug problem.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 182 44.03 49.09
Crime Rate 18 66.63 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 107 81.53 80.67
Unemployment Rate 120 47.09 46.80
Income Distribution 250 77.55 84.25
Weather 179 55.62 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 114 29.15 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 22 51.30 33.5
Number of hospital beds 13 57.27 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 75.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 92 26.91 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 62 35.87 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 43 34.26 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 39 50.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 25 25.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 4 54.71 13.35
Number of nurses 9 64.67 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 2 5.86 2.35
ER Wait Times 85 27.67 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 200 41.86 46.33
Smoking rate 203 9.56 13.69
Diabetes rate 133 41.07 41.83
Binge drinking 228 13.02 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 243 59.65 74.78
Caregivers 16 67.56 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 151 75.70 76.89
Depression 271 38.82 49.3
Physical activity 177 34.53 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 132 42.49 42.27
Fast-food outlets 225 30.29 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 58 24.39 17.69
Air quality 145 57.90 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 241 39.77 53.83
Total bank deposits 82 1.04 1.37
Tax burden 50 82.33 70.55
Dependency ratio 5 91.22 61.29
Small business growth 51 84.58 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 141 28.09 29.07
Capital gains 278 14.22 31.31
Income growth 40 64.00 60.52
Reverse mortgages 90 34.24 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 171 41.21 46.02
Median rental price 125 72.69 70.18
Households with older adults 238 31.80 39.04
Nursing beds 138 48.47 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 245 49.65 70.35
Home health-care service providers 22 28.14 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 216 7.68 14.8
Cost of assisted living 116 72.14 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 111 83.34 82.84
Cost of adult day services 170 48.61 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 81 60.64 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 82 32.96 31.34
Employment growth 29 48.95 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 142 5.60 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 224 64.29 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 12 17.96 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 29 46.47 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 37 30.12 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 101 48.02 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 15 67.90 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 229 23.44 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 12 49.87 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 262 39.27 63.01
Number of public libraries 117 24.02 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 157 58.68 12.40
Funding for older adults 25 31.73 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 231 80.21 85.93
College enrollment 18 59.94 26.46