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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC
#271
OVERALL RANKING

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC


SCORE: 60.84

#265
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 61.43
 
#273
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 60.14
 
Percent of Population 65+:  20.28%
Population 65+:  79,964
Total Population:  394,221

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 258 75.53 81.58 -7.42 %
Health Care 271 35.42 50.15 -29.37 %
Wellness 163 66.52 68.45 -2.82 %
Financial 188 78.33 81.09 -3.40 %
EducationEducation 153 57.11 71.18 -3.60 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
185 67.19 71.18 -5.61 %
Employment 91 54.04 51.56 4.81 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
252 45.66 57.14 -20.09 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
198 47.28 51.89 -8.88 %
(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 263 29.87 49.09
Crime Rate 277 20.87 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 52 83.77 80.67
Unemployment Rate 246 33.43 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 48 74.74 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 236 17.52 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 261 18.69 33.5
Number of hospital beds 243 14.66 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 153 80.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 200 5.78 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 211 15.42 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 177 0.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 248 5.53 13.35
Number of nurses 274 9.37 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 219 1.27 2.35
ER Wait Times 155 21.04 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 168 43.26 46.33
Smoking rate 156 10.62 13.69
Diabetes rate 203 34.76 41.83
Binge drinking 151 16.69 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 162 74.61 74.78
Caregivers 229 29.26 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 115 77.45 76.89
Depression 56 55.10 49.3
Physical activity 134 37.75 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 183 36.45 42.27
Fast-food outlets 270 26.00 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 6 56.00 17.69
Air quality 116 61.21 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 98 58.34 53.83
Total bank deposits 100 0.99 1.37
Tax burden 33 87.28 70.55
Dependency ratio 250 53.74 61.29
Small business growth 193 79.03 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 119 29.70 29.07
Capital gains 210 22.70 31.31
Income growth 59 62.41 60.52
Reverse mortgages 259 4.88 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 235 32.77 46.02
Median rental price 183 67.11 70.18
Households with older adults 19 49.78 39.04
Nursing beds 264 20.29 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 96 71.96 70.35
Home health-care service providers 225 6.14 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 272 4.48 14.8
Cost of assisted living 55 81.73 71.61
Nursing-home rating 89 28.57 22.29
Older adults in family homes 21 89.67 82.84
Cost of adult day services 45 64.98 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 201 49.12 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 103 29.14 31.34
Employment growth 74 46.33 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 19 25.92 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 196 66.81 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 262 0.47 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 279 17.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 251 7.51 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 221 33.59 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 139 43.99 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 15 42.18 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 70 21.83 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 111 56.56 63.01
Number of public libraries 232 12.82 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 251 32.43 12.40
Funding for older adults 257 26.89 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 63 91.19 85.93
College enrollment 236 15.31 26.46