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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Valdosta, GA
#117
OVERALL RANKING

Valdosta, GA


SCORE: 67.00

#120
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.02
 
#111
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.79
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.99%
Population 65+:  15,892
Total Population:  144,581

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 145 81.13 81.58 -.55 %
Health Care 95 53.11 50.15 5.90 %
Wellness 102 69.45 68.45 1.46 %
Financial 116 82.54 81.09 1.79 %
EducationEducation 119 58.71 71.18 -.89 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
93 75.95 71.18 6.70 %
Employment 115 51.47 51.56 -.17 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
196 52.47 57.14 -8.17 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
193 47.40 51.89 -8.65 %
(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 154 47.48 49.09
Crime Rate 209 32.81 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 171 79.44 80.67
Unemployment Rate 182 39.90 46.80
Income Distribution 264 76.00 84.25
Weather 46 75.20 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 181 22.51 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 210 25.47 33.5
Number of hospital beds 77 35.51 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 24 53.71 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 65 35.80 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 66 15.44 13.35
Number of nurses 140 22.73 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 241 1.08 2.35
ER Wait Times 264 12.01 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 147 44.35 46.33
Smoking rate 67 15.58 13.69
Diabetes rate 189 35.89 41.83
Binge drinking 8 55.15 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 76 84.26 74.78
Caregivers 60 46.52 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 225 72.44 76.89
Depression 103 50.95 49.3
Physical activity 205 32.88 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 239 28.06 42.27
Fast-food outlets 250 28.31 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 203 9.97 17.69
Air quality 126 60.41 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 195 47.75 53.83
Total bank deposits 185 0.78 1.37
Tax burden 81 80.03 70.55
Dependency ratio 100 62.13 61.29
Small business growth 90 82.51 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 240 20.17 29.07
Capital gains 178 24.21 31.31
Income growth 225 57.54 60.52
Reverse mortgages 80 35.15 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 81 53.59 46.02
Median rental price 91 76.63 70.18
Households with older adults 229 32.23 39.04
Nursing beds 139 48.46 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 60 76.50 70.35
Home health-care service providers 155 10.82 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 242 6.12 14.8
Cost of assisted living 7 87.67 71.61
Nursing-home rating 164 16.67 22.29
Older adults in family homes 101 83.87 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 108 58.13 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 105 28.93 31.34
Employment growth 80 46.19 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 101 7.99 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 51 80.53 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 146 2.47 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 145 37.15 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 238 8.71 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 172 39.65 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 206 37.04 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 252 22.45 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 158 14.55 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 246 42.29 63.01
Number of public libraries 86 27.47 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 103 69.46 12.40
Funding for older adults 234 27.13 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 261 74.51 85.93
College enrollment 41 39.25 26.46