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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Anchorage, AK
#44
OVERALL RANKING

Anchorage, AK


SCORE: 84.25

#33
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 86.84
 
#156
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 78.91
 
Percent of Population 65+:  8.23%
Population 65+:  32,290
Total Population:  392,139

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 249 65.35 75.28 -13.19 %
Health Care 50 51.59 42.45 21.53 %
Wellness 50 85.77 81.88 4.75 %
Financial 65 81.36 77.72 4.68 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
247 51.18 69.85 -26.73 %
Employment / Education 3 87.09 59.20 47.11 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
139 62.98 64.90 -2.96 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
7 81.03 54.20 49.50 %
(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 185 43.67 52.43
Crime Rate 210 33.85 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 11 87.50 80.02
Unemployment Rate 48 49.21 41.03
Income Distribution 30 91.37 85.72
Weather 251 29.24 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 22 18.61 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 19 24.69 15.54
Number of hospital beds 89 36.19 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 198 51.29 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 15 48.82 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 117 23.27 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 212 19.01 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 128 12.79 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 52 12.50 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 19 23.66 13.47
Number of psychologists 29 36.91 21.04
Number of nurses 37 32.30 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 24 55.69 35.67
ER Wait Times 102 27.78 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 227 86.17 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 44 56.95 50.43
Diabetes Rate 52 53.23 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 1 100.00 81.94
Number of Caregivers 27 81.68 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 120 81.57 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 75 47.18 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 60 70.75 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 123 72.72 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 185 13.21 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 222 40.73 55.90
Total bank deposits 154 1.12 1.72
Tax burden 72 81.69 72.59
Dependency Ratio 33 73.05 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 44 73.78 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 5 77.60 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 237 24.59 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 15 68.36 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 218 6.56 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 232 27.90 47.00
Median Rental Price 242 47.59 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 249 30.91 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 247 6.47 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 251 20.67 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 27 17.18 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 1 100.00 15.92
Cost of assisted living 244 48.56 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 88 86.42 84.74
Cost of adult day services 229 41.05 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 23 77.04 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 121 8.16 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 5 81.93 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 1 100.00 9.69
College Enrollment 105 25.28 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 177 66.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 28 22.83 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 1 100.00 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 101 16.87 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 245 35.62 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 160 82.08 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 248 22.84 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 20 35.34 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 39 74.26 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 170 17.42 25.07
Number of YMCAs 185 4.80 12.40
Funding for Seniors 1 100.00 25.37