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Best Cities for Successful Aging | New Bern, NC
#240
OVERALL RANKING

New Bern, NC


SCORE: 62.53

#245
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 62.60
 
#229
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 63.26
 
Percent of Population 65+:  18.42%
Population 65+:  23,450
Total Population:  127,330

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 119 81.92 81.58 0.42 %
Health Care 249 39.17 50.15 -21.89 %
Wellness 159 66.70 68.45 -2.56 %
Financial 182 79.01 81.09 -2.57 %
EducationEducation 226 53.35 71.18 -9.94 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
108 74.18 71.18 4.21 %
Employment 272 35.32 51.56 -31.50 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
227 49.34 57.14 -13.65 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
169 48.72 51.89 -6.11 %
(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 156 47.17 49.09
Crime Rate 107 44.75 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 217 77.58 80.67
Unemployment Rate 191 38.84 46.80
Income Distribution 8 92.68 84.25
Weather 79 68.99 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 148 25.31 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 223 23.92 33.5
Number of hospital beds 206 19.25 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 203 0.00 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 225 13.64 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 107 12.85 13.35
Number of nurses 232 15.61 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 10 4.28 2.35
ER Wait Times 203 17.20 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 169 43.16 46.33
Smoking rate 73 14.71 13.69
Diabetes rate 193 35.75 41.83
Binge drinking 47 26.53 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 151 75.91 74.78
Caregivers 176 32.81 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 158 75.44 76.89
Depression 76 52.70 49.3
Physical activity 193 33.48 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 138 42.15 42.27
Fast-food outlets 155 33.51 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 45 26.21 17.69
Air quality 100 63.07 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 240 39.86 53.83
Total bank deposits 251 0.58 1.37
Tax burden 129 74.95 70.55
Dependency ratio 226 55.41 61.29
Small business growth 274 74.09 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 117 29.78 29.07
Capital gains 200 22.78 31.31
Income growth 265 56.07 60.52
Reverse mortgages 60 39.14 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 150 43.53 46.02
Median rental price 163 68.62 70.18
Households with older adults 41 44.46 39.04
Nursing beds 216 36.44 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 108 67.96 70.35
Home health-care service providers 66 18.72 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 208 7.81 14.8
Cost of assisted living 19 84.17 71.61
Nursing-home rating 33 42.86 22.29
Older adults in family homes 33 87.79 82.84
Cost of adult day services 34 68.63 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 250 42.80 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 275 7.28 31.34
Employment growth 183 42.84 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 180 4.25 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 169 68.92 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 267 0.37 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 85 41.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 115 18.22 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 208 34.98 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 224 34.57 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 38 34.71 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 242 8.97 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 103 56.79 63.01
Number of public libraries 96 26.21 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 186 51.60 12.40
Funding for older adults 240 27.11 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 198 83.94 85.93
College enrollment 226 15.83 26.46