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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Tuscaloosa, AL
#129
OVERALL RANKING

Tuscaloosa, AL


SCORE: 66.67

#133
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 66.38
 
#112
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.74
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.02%
Population 65+:  28,065
Total Population:  233,445

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 238 76.80 81.58 -5.86 %
Health Care 31 62.37 50.15 24.37 %
Wellness 226 63.30 68.45 -7.52 %
Financial 118 82.46 81.09 1.69 %
EducationEducation 101 59.75 71.18 0.86 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
85 77.06 71.18 8.26 %
Employment 143 48.99 51.56 -4.98 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
233 49.09 57.14 -14.09 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
137 50.67 51.89 -2.35 %
(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 196 41.66 49.09
Crime Rate 205 33.29 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 53 83.68 80.67
Unemployment Rate 170 41.37 46.80
Income Distribution 203 80.85 84.25
Weather 78 69.02 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 262 15.10 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 108 34.61 33.5
Number of hospital beds 2 95.63 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 162 77.78 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 5 65.32 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 80 30.70 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 162 20.47 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 90 33.33 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 123 12.00 13.35
Number of nurses 50 30.96 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 182 1.51 2.35
ER Wait Times 250 13.43 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 254 38.86 46.33
Smoking rate 210 9.39 13.69
Diabetes rate 237 31.93 41.83
Binge drinking 116 18.21 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 205 69.59 74.78
Caregivers 27 55.90 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 263 70.17 76.89
Depression 202 44.10 49.3
Physical activity 211 32.34 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 191 35.70 42.27
Fast-food outlets 185 32.03 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 155 13.02 17.69
Air quality 230 51.98 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 187 48.56 53.83
Total bank deposits 157 0.84 1.37
Tax burden 19 89.41 70.55
Dependency ratio 32 72.62 61.29
Small business growth 225 77.76 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 243 19.86 29.07
Capital gains 253 19.06 31.31
Income growth 188 58.47 60.52
Reverse mortgages 138 26.35 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 159 42.98 46.02
Median rental price 150 69.84 70.18
Households with older adults 208 34.53 39.04
Nursing beds 113 52.71 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 76 73.30 70.35
Home health-care service providers 155 10.82 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 189 8.72 14.8
Cost of assisted living 44 82.11 71.61
Nursing-home rating 56 33.33 22.29
Older adults in family homes 116 83.04 82.84
Cost of adult day services 21 97.22 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 143 54.44 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 74 34.11 31.34
Employment growth 167 43.35 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 231 2.93 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 179 68.30 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 226 0.91 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 134 37.80 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 228 9.17 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 193 36.43 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 178 39.51 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 227 23.74 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 251 8.34 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 168 50.85 63.01
Number of public libraries 101 25.44 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 21 83.58 12.40
Funding for older adults 152 28.54 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 235 79.79 85.93
College enrollment 50 35.10 26.46