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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Alexandria, LA
#54
OVERALL RANKING

Alexandria, LA


SCORE: 83.47

#72
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 83.01
 
#35
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 85.36
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.06%
Population 65+:  21,699
Total Population:  154,332

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 51 79.05 75.28 5.01 %
Health Care 16 61.39 42.45 44.62 %
Wellness 231 75.34 81.88 -7.99 %
Financial 92 79.28 77.72 2.01 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
17 82.88 69.85 18.65 %
Employment / Education 147 55.31 59.20 -6.57 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
179 61.16 64.90 -5.76 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
189 47.02 54.20 -13.25 %
(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 55 62.20 52.43
Crime Rate 239 29.68 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 143 79.31 80.02
Unemployment Rate 69 46.21 41.03
Income Distribution 148 84.46 85.72
Weather 38 57.45 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 223 6.48 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 62 16.35 15.54
Number of hospital beds 7 78.18 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 52 70.12 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 18 46.77 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 129 21.66 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 113 35.85 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 14 39.17 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 70 23.27 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 67 44.44 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 117 11.89 13.47
Number of psychologists 160 15.38 21.04
Number of nurses 19 37.88 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 115 35.10 35.67
ER Wait Times 251 8.96 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 59 93.97 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 220 42.37 50.43
Diabetes Rate 246 31.59 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 231 71.68 81.94
Number of Caregivers 108 73.70 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 197 77.16 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 212 25.69 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 87 66.94 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 83 85.51 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 243 7.78 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 9 77.91 55.90
Total bank deposits 151 1.13 1.72
Tax burden 20 92.08 72.59
Dependency Ratio 205 57.27 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 67 72.88 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 187 27.41 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 195 31.65 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 170 60.97 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 167 11.41 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 68 55.57 47.00
Median Rental Price 64 77.71 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 123 49.35 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 9 57.38 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 25 95.92 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 52 12.00 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 251 3.69 15.92
Cost of assisted living 25 81.43 70.12
Nursing-home rating 50 47.55 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 74 87.53 84.74
Cost of adult day services 55 69.64 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 107 60.21 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 51 15.87 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 158 68.31 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 143 5.30 9.69
College Enrollment 239 15.48 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 237 57.85 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 133 6.95 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 15 74.98 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 129 14.85 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 55 62.47 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 235 73.56 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 136 38.99 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 157 13.45 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 247 43.07 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 14 48.30 25.07
Number of YMCAs 136 9.05 12.40
Funding for Seniors 81 23.75 25.37