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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Ocala, FL
#272
OVERALL RANKING

Ocala, FL


SCORE: 60.54

#273
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 60.82
 
#263
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 61.17
 
Percent of Population 65+:  26.82%
Population 65+:  89,876
Total Population:  335,157

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 14 89.90 81.58 10.20 %
Health Care 268 35.61 50.15 -28.99 %
Wellness 217 63.70 68.45 -6.94 %
Financial 237 74.59 81.09 -8.02 %
EducationEducation 224 53.53 71.18 -9.64 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
169 68.68 71.18 -3.51 %
Employment 242 40.69 51.56 -21.08 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
266 42.41 57.14 -25.78 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
268 39.41 51.89 -24.05 %
(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 101 54.00 49.09
Crime Rate 79 48.96 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 91 82.04 80.67
Unemployment Rate 214 37.30 46.80
Income Distribution 22 90.48 84.25
Weather 16 81.39 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 224 18.37 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 274 15.31 33.5
Number of hospital beds 258 12.42 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 221 60.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 201 5.43 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 270 3.62 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 143 20.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 265 4.00 13.35
Number of nurses 267 10.72 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 211 1.31 2.35
ER Wait Times 33 38.57 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 164 43.31 46.33
Smoking rate 118 11.87 13.69
Diabetes rate 251 30.42 41.83
Binge drinking 112 18.35 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 82 83.01 74.78
Caregivers 272 19.43 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 70 79.76 76.89
Depression 189 44.78 49.3
Physical activity 242 30.63 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 260 21.12 42.27
Fast-food outlets 5 49.52 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 195 10.56 17.69
Air quality 52 71.43 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 244 38.45 53.83
Total bank deposits 141 0.88 1.37
Tax burden 141 73.35 70.55
Dependency ratio 274 42.65 61.29
Small business growth 185 79.26 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 150 27.03 29.07
Capital gains 13 50.65 31.31
Income growth 215 57.81 60.52
Reverse mortgages 264 3.74 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 44 59.99 46.02
Median rental price 175 67.94 70.18
Households with older adults 7 64.32 39.04
Nursing beds 270 16.69 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 163 58.33 70.35
Home health-care service providers 212 7.33 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 219 7.45 14.8
Cost of assisted living 60 80.16 71.61
Nursing-home rating 195 12.50 22.29
Older adults in family homes 17 91.06 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 251 42.60 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 211 15.92 31.34
Employment growth 95 45.73 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 84 8.96 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 245 61.94 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 262 0.47 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 44 43.82 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 257 7.02 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 267 25.73 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 229 33.33 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 8 52.71 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 232 9.90 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 240 42.32 63.01
Number of public libraries 274 6.99 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 267 27.48 12.40
Funding for older adults 258 26.83 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 152 86.42 85.93
College enrollment 266 13.18 26.46