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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Winston-Salem, NC
#95
OVERALL RANKING

Winston-Salem, NC


SCORE: 67.71

#95
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.45
 
#90
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 67.54
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.95%
Population 65+:  96,743
Total Population:  647,221

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 86 82.83 87.83 -5.69 %
Health Care 72 56.63 62.09 -8.79 %
Wellness 70 67.70 72.07 -6.06 %
Financial Security 58 87.53 88.25 -.82 %
Education 86 54.37 61.67 -11.84 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
95 33.71 46.42 -27.38 %
Employment 100 44.42 63.96 -30.55 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
23 75.83 69.42 9.23 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
63 71.83 73.23 -1.91 %
(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 34 51.77 46.41
Crime rate 85 40.42 52.77
Internet access 86 76.04 83.51
Employment growth 69 84.37 86.82
Unemployment rate 67 58.12 64.06
Income distribution 15 88.89 86.33
Weather 46 64.37 65.13
Fatal car crashes 82 34.47 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 82 87.55 62.02
Primary-care physicians 83 47.35 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 25 56.98 45.49
Number of nurses 28 44.20 38.33
Number of hospital beds 63 32.64 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 62 31.27 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 77 29.16 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 16 26.12 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 85 0.00 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 31 34.88 31.70
Dialysis centers 79 26.03 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 75 37.64 48.95
Physical therapists 74 46.55 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 22 70.47 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 29 90.91 83.71
Medical school affiliation 82 23.14 45.76
Magnet hospitals 23 21.82 14.40
ER wait times 30 47.69 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 85 61.15 70.79
Smoking rate 96 18.44 30.34
Diabetes rate 76 41.22 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 71 78.15 81.26
Caregivers 51 37.35 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 80 80.05 84.59
Depression 97 33.88 43.31
Physical activity 85 53.72 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 36 51.07 46.08
Fast-food outlets 24 66.21 61.73
Falls with injury 16 44.25 38.43
Binge drinking 12 50.86 40.64
Air quality 39 68.71 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 86 38.30 47.44
Total bank deposits 9 12.32 7.24
Tax burden 36 74.95 68.14
Dependency ratio 81 80.13 84.57
Growth of small businesses 83 82.27 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 55 56.27 58.57
Capital gains 77 32.26 49.15
Income growth 95 79.28 84.11
Reverse mortgages 6 40.74 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 18 55.96 44.17
Median rental price 4 89.30 69.47
Households with older adults 27 58.77 55.52
Nursing beds 58 53.45 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 36 67.96 64.62
Home health-care service providers 57 12.42 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 41 21.58 23.14
Cost of assisted living 4 96.00 80.63
Nursing-home rating 90 15.00 36.99
Older adults in family homes 59 83.12 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 98 24.95 50.90
Commute times 35 82.83 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 71 25.18 38.41
Number of passenger trips 79 2.19 9.79
Public transport fare 17 16.67 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 94 49.47 67.65
Grocery stores 48 32.89 33.58
Special needs transportation 88 13.21 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 20 52.93 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 51 29.26 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 34 56.52 53.28
Number of public libraries 74 32.35 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 23 77.11 60.15
Funding for older adults 76 71.38 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 80 86.45 38.00
College enrollment 74 51.68 58.16
Number of community colleges 72 13.75 20.92
Number of universities 68 30.44 38.93