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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Raleigh, NC
#42
OVERALL RANKING

Raleigh, NC


SCORE: 72.75

#38
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.77
 
#43
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.80
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.80%
Population 65+:  116,457
Total Population:  1,188,504

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 24 90.76 87.83 3.34 %
Health Care 46 63.72 62.09 2.63 %
Wellness 23 76.20 72.07 5.73 %
Financial Security 53 88.29 88.25 0.05 %
Education 44 61.92 61.67 0.41 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
81 38.08 46.42 -17.97 %
Employment 38 65.51 63.96 2.42 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
56 68.99 69.42 -.62 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
61 71.99 73.23 -1.69 %
(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 62 41.88 46.41
Crime rate 22 63.97 52.77
Internet access 13 93.48 83.51
Employment growth 13 91.83 86.82
Unemployment rate 34 66.46 64.06
Income distribution 32 86.96 86.33
Weather 43 64.79 65.13
Fatal car crashes 48 50.15 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 64 89.09 62.02
Primary-care physicians 20 67.85 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 20 57.39 45.49
Number of nurses 44 38.97 38.33
Number of hospital beds 77 29.92 37.22
Long-term hospitals 34 25.63 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 74 24.81 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 78 28.93 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 60 0.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 38 33.41 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 53 31.29 31.70
Dialysis centers 41 41.36 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 2 84.98 48.95
Physical therapists 16 73.40 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 22 70.47 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 73 77.78 83.71
Medical school affiliation 75 28.28 45.76
Magnet hospitals 6 40.00 14.40
ER wait times 64 31.01 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 30 74.40 70.79
Smoking rate 24 33.05 30.34
Diabetes rate 36 50.93 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 80 74.16 81.26
Caregivers 8 53.87 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 31 85.92 84.59
Depression 29 45.43 43.31
Physical activity 21 74.47 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 8 60.66 46.08
Fast-food outlets 79 54.87 61.73
Falls with injury 11 47.20 38.43
Binge drinking 40 41.14 40.64
Air quality 46 67.04 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 57 46.30 47.44
Total bank deposits 62 4.75 7.24
Tax burden 36 74.95 68.14
Dependency ratio 15 91.20 84.57
Growth of small businesses 10 91.36 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 23 68.19 58.57
Capital gains 77 32.26 49.15
Income growth 26 85.68 84.11
Reverse mortgages 55 10.42 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 69 36.87 44.17
Median rental price 61 66.74 69.47
Households with older adults 98 40.79 55.52
Nursing beds 82 39.69 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 36 67.96 64.62
Home health-care service providers 30 15.68 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 28 26.20 23.14
Cost of assisted living 4 96.00 80.63
Nursing-home rating 46 35.77 36.99
Older adults in family homes 34 86.70 84.60
Cost of adult day services 9 68.63 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 87 34.02 50.90
Commute times 59 76.59 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 83 21.78 38.41
Number of passenger trips 55 4.71 9.79
Public transport fare 91 8.13 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 75 60.80 67.65
Grocery stores 13 43.51 33.58
Special needs transportation 56 24.31 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 92 35.39 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 23 37.54 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 28 56.86 53.28
Number of public libraries 63 37.53 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 17 82.16 60.15
Funding for older adults 74 71.39 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 33 91.94 38.00
College enrollment 34 61.52 58.16
Number of community colleges 25 25.37 20.92
Number of universities 79 26.07 38.93