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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Asheville, NC
#175
OVERALL RANKING

Asheville, NC


SCORE: 77.02

#192
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 77.35
 
#175
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 78.17
 
Percent of Population 65+:  19.44%
Population 65+:  84,020
Total Population:  432,209

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 173 72.59 75.28 -3.57 %
Health Care 113 41.90 42.45 -1.30 %
Wellness 134 80.84 81.88 -1.27 %
Financial 180 74.11 77.72 -4.64 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
141 68.74 69.85 -1.59 %
Employment / Education 190 50.36 59.20 -14.93 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
155 62.53 64.90 -3.65 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
73 57.00 54.20 5.17 %
(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 228 36.31 52.43
Crime Rate 95 49.52 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 136 79.50 80.02
Unemployment Rate 135 38.51 41.03
Income Distribution 136 85.29 85.72
Weather 112 50.01 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 82 12.41 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 51 17.39 15.54
Number of hospital beds 132 29.74 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 192 62.50 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 72 64.55 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 79 33.15 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 129 33.19 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 85 21.06 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 110 25.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 74 14.60 13.47
Number of psychologists 73 24.77 21.04
Number of nurses 57 28.37 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 37 51.18 35.67
ER Wait Times 219 16.76 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 188 88.96 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 34 57.62 50.43
Diabetes Rate 81 49.35 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 37 87.65 81.94
Number of Caregivers 196 63.48 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 60 84.62 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 129 38.73 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 189 56.75 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 148 69.90 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 192 12.67 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 98 59.29 55.90
Total bank deposits 105 1.28 1.72
Tax burden 121 74.26 72.59
Dependency Ratio 179 58.35 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 92 71.72 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 125 35.78 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 173 32.02 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 191 60.16 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 153 12.43 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 212 33.62 47.00
Median Rental Price 149 68.82 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 22 59.40 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 142 23.23 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 120 70.15 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 72 9.91 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 91 15.88 15.92
Cost of assisted living 172 63.17 70.12
Nursing-home rating 123 32.01 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 117 85.09 84.74
Cost of adult day services 32 75.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 182 49.75 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 134 7.50 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 103 70.37 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 156 4.85 9.69
College Enrollment 173 20.52 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 130 70.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 181 4.45 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 194 59.07 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 131 14.66 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 99 56.71 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 125 85.44 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 12 53.91 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 88 18.25 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 78 66.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 132 21.26 25.07
Number of YMCAs 143 8.38 12.40
Funding for Seniors 221 23.09 25.37