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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Athens-Clarke County, GA
#29
OVERALL RANKING

Athens-Clarke County, GA


SCORE: 85.86

#25
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 88.94
 
#26
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 86.29
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.93%
Population 65+:  21,464
Total Population:  196,412

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 113 75.33 75.28 0.07 %
Health Care 95 43.98 42.45 3.60 %
Wellness 142 80.27 81.88 -1.97 %
Financial 12 86.92 77.72 11.84 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
114 71.57 69.85 2.46 %
Employment / Education 25 76.78 59.20 29.70 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
6 85.37 64.90 31.54 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
210 45.13 54.20 -16.73 %
(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 175 45.10 52.43
Crime Rate 164 40.27 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 123 79.88 80.02
Unemployment Rate 82 44.25 41.03
Income Distribution 246 75.27 85.72
Weather 74 54.06 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 79 12.61 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 54 16.92 15.54
Number of hospital beds 133 29.65 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 20 81.01 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 140 19.53 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 137 32.13 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 18 33.70 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 84 21.22 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 52 16.52 13.47
Number of psychologists 44 30.91 21.04
Number of nurses 85 26.15 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 90 39.33 35.67
ER Wait Times 102 27.78 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 188 88.96 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 80 52.54 50.43
Diabetes Rate 179 40.16 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 69 85.48 81.94
Number of Caregivers 35 79.38 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 132 81.08 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 91 44.85 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 179 57.77 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 121 72.93 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 219 10.80 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 156 51.94 55.90
Total bank deposits 122 1.21 1.72
Tax burden 74 81.48 72.59
Dependency Ratio 22 78.74 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 51 73.60 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 153 32.10 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 183 31.81 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 120 62.54 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 6 68.30 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 129 45.62 47.00
Median Rental Price 153 68.28 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 195 42.83 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 169 19.48 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 69 77.90 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 38 14.88 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 88 16.16 15.92
Cost of assisted living 55 76.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 73 87.63 84.74
Cost of adult day services 112 60.94 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 65 65.83 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 117 8.56 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 47 73.12 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 110 6.53 9.69
College Enrollment 10 73.51 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 177 66.23 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 2 91.11 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 139 62.46 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 51 24.97 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 92 57.35 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 124 85.52 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 225 30.31 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 183 12.18 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 204 50.19 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 62 31.57 25.07
Number of YMCAs 60 16.23 12.40
Funding for Seniors 157 23.38 25.37