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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Roanoke, VA
#137
OVERALL RANKING

Roanoke, VA


SCORE: 66.27

#135
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.32
 
#139
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.77
 
Percent of Population 65+:  17.24%
Population 65+:  53,510
Total Population:  310,425

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 86 83.49 81.58 2.34 %
Health Care 86 54.52 50.15 8.71 %
Wellness 143 67.43 68.45 -1.49 %
Financial 224 75.65 81.09 -6.71 %
EducationEducation 175 56.35 71.18 -4.88 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
153 70.09 71.18 -1.53 %
Employment 75 56.09 51.56 8.79 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
181 53.19 57.14 -6.91 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
67 55.18 51.89 6.34 %
(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 161 46.92 49.09
Crime Rate 81 48.75 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 183 78.98 80.67
Unemployment Rate 78 53.65 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 131 61.61 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 47 40.67 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 114 34.16 33.5
Number of hospital beds 83 33.65 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 45 17.92 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 153 16.84 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 192 16.84 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 30 16.84 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 51 32.17 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 73 40.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 34 20.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 127 11.88 13.35
Number of nurses 68 29.15 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 92 2.26 2.35
ER Wait Times 272 10.89 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 123 46.07 46.33
Smoking rate 187 9.93 13.69
Diabetes rate 201 35.07 41.83
Binge drinking 16 38.09 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 144 76.33 74.78
Caregivers 243 28.18 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 143 76.11 76.89
Depression 123 49.36 49.3
Physical activity 155 36.07 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 39 57.03 42.27
Fast-food outlets 132 34.40 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 112 16.72 17.69
Air quality 123 60.59 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 64 63.75 53.83
Total bank deposits 40 1.28 1.37
Tax burden 215 59.31 70.55
Dependency ratio 177 58.26 61.29
Small business growth 183 79.34 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 116 29.82 29.07
Capital gains 168 25.13 31.31
Income growth 206 57.93 60.52
Reverse mortgages 152 23.95 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 176 40.87 46.02
Median rental price 167 68.28 70.18
Households with older adults 66 42.30 39.04
Nursing beds 88 59.04 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 142 63.35 70.35
Home health-care service providers 138 11.53 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 88 15.62 14.8
Cost of assisted living 221 64.20 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 160 81.81 82.84
Cost of adult day services 104 53.85 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 51 67.11 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 57 40.43 31.34
Employment growth 266 37.57 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 119 6.83 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 153 70.18 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 90 3.85 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 259 22.90 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 192 11.99 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 173 39.53 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 74 50.62 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 48 34.21 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 135 15.66 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 75 59.29 63.01
Number of public libraries 93 26.92 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 90 70.75 12.40
Funding for older adults 164 27.97 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 152 86.42 85.93
College enrollment 169 19.44 26.46