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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Wilmington, NC
#161
OVERALL RANKING

Wilmington, NC


SCORE: 65.17

#157
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.47
 
#182
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 64.98
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.08%
Population 65+:  39,705
Total Population:  263,353

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 187 79.80 81.58 -2.18 %
Health Care 174 45.72 50.15 -8.83 %
Wellness 98 69.55 68.45 1.61 %
Financial 140 81.00 81.09 -.11 %
EducationEducation 46 65.67 71.18 10.85 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
174 68.35 71.18 -3.98 %
Employment 123 50.84 51.56 -1.40 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
158 54.20 57.14 -5.15 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
207 46.57 51.89 -10.25 %
(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 261 30.85 49.09
Crime Rate 218 31.43 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 51 83.81 80.67
Unemployment Rate 148 43.04 46.80
Income Distribution 250 77.55 84.25
Weather 36 77.12 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 189 21.97 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 107 34.62 33.5
Number of hospital beds 176 23.67 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 191 66.67 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 183 11.15 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 216 14.86 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 52 16.57 13.35
Number of nurses 82 27.77 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 84 2.35 2.35
ER Wait Times 281 8.37 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 68 49.83 46.33
Smoking rate 143 11.00 13.69
Diabetes rate 101 43.48 41.83
Binge drinking 147 16.77 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 176 73.39 74.78
Caregivers 134 36.82 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 82 78.93 76.89
Depression 120 49.52 49.3
Physical activity 91 41.34 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 99 47.56 42.27
Fast-food outlets 279 24.84 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 39 27.10 17.69
Air quality 73 67.37 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 65 63.69 53.83
Total bank deposits 77 1.07 1.37
Tax burden 129 74.95 70.55
Dependency ratio 51 66.67 61.29
Small business growth 40 85.87 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 42 36.45 29.07
Capital gains 200 22.78 31.31
Income growth 112 60.46 60.52
Reverse mortgages 218 13.00 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 253 29.04 46.02
Median rental price 216 62.68 70.18
Households with older adults 164 37.27 39.04
Nursing beds 189 39.89 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 108 67.96 70.35
Home health-care service providers 34 24.76 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 141 11.35 14.8
Cost of assisted living 19 84.17 71.61
Nursing-home rating 177 15.38 22.29
Older adults in family homes 107 83.55 82.84
Cost of adult day services 34 68.63 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 160 53.02 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 77 33.77 31.34
Employment growth 104 45.28 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 94 8.55 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 148 70.51 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 111 3.06 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 230 28.84 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 240 8.54 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 84 50.50 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 155 41.98 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 104 30.26 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 122 16.48 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 95 56.99 63.01
Number of public libraries 268 8.39 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 171 55.19 12.40
Funding for older adults 245 27.10 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 45 92.64 85.93
College enrollment 64 32.54 26.46