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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Abilene, TX
#19
OVERALL RANKING

Abilene, TX


SCORE: 88.09

#15
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.95
 
#21
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 87.07
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.02%
Population 65+:  23,475
Total Population:  167,422

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 22 82.45 75.28 9.52 %
Health Care 48 52.23 42.45 23.04 %
Wellness 145 80.22 81.88 -2.03 %
Financial 26 84.25 77.72 8.40 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
35 79.46 69.85 13.76 %
Employment / Education 6 84.41 59.20 42.58 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
172 61.80 64.90 -4.78 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
94 54.75 54.20 1.01 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Strong economic comeback

  • Unemployment among older people: one of the lowest rates for small metro regions.
  • A large service sector, helping to power the economy for older adults.

Abundant services

  • Lots of nursing beds and home health-care providers.
  • Affordable nursing rooms and adult day services.
  • Sufficient number of hospitals with specialty care such as geriatric and rehabilitation services.

Needs Work:


Unhealthy living

  • High obesity and escalating diabetes.
  • Fast-food dining: a plethora of outlets.
  • Life expectancy at 65: one of the worst rankings among the cities.

Inconvenience

  • Low ridership on, and low investment in, public transportation.
  • Need for more grocery stores and conveniences in proximity to older people.

Take Away:


Driven by energy and oil, Abilene offers a strong economy and job opportunities for older people. Expanding supplies of health-care services and specialty-care housing aid an aging population, but unhealthy behaviors and high chronic disease rates are problematic.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 137 51.11 52.43
Crime Rate 131 44.95 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 77 81.79 80.02
Unemployment Rate 28 55.29 41.03
Income Distribution 234 79.01 85.72
Weather 26 59.06 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 247 5.37 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 170 10.90 15.54
Number of hospital beds 73 41.75 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 213 50.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 149 54.77 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 25 43.16 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 19 59.98 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 10 82.73 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 82 21.49 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 148 12.50 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 133 10.97 13.47
Number of psychologists 116 19.72 21.04
Number of nurses 75 26.99 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 40 49.87 35.67
ER Wait Times 99 28.20 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 72 93.47 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 108 50.50 50.43
Diabetes Rate 159 42.01 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 89 84.01 81.94
Number of Caregivers 51 77.84 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 209 76.45 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 123 39.46 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 224 53.25 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 77 86.31 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 174 14.37 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 76 62.75 55.90
Total bank deposits 131 1.18 1.72
Tax burden 49 84.59 72.59
Dependency Ratio 112 62.13 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 119 70.89 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 208 25.63 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 31 59.32 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 43 65.98 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 53 27.91 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 132 45.09 47.00
Median Rental Price 138 70.20 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 114 49.72 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 11 53.60 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 3 97.24 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 22 19.26 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 228 5.68 15.92
Cost of assisted living 182 62.92 70.12
Nursing-home rating 210 16.67 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 156 83.58 84.74
Cost of adult day services 10 95.12 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 92 61.48 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 2 92.28 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 201 66.16 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 49 12.45 9.69
College Enrollment 76 29.35 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 19 84.83 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 178 4.61 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 155 62.25 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 108 16.21 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 187 48.44 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 167 81.15 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 138 38.88 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 32 27.69 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 151 56.28 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 125 22.29 25.07
Number of YMCAs 56 16.72 12.40
Funding for Seniors 193 23.31 25.37