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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Auburn-Opelika, AL
#79
OVERALL RANKING

Auburn-Opelika, AL


SCORE: 81.19

#61
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 84.04
 
#121
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.40
 
Percent of Population 65+:  9.61%
Population 65+:  14,205
Total Population:  147,808

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 77 77.35 75.28 2.75 %
Health Care 151 37.50 42.45 -11.66 %
Wellness 227 75.66 81.88 -7.60 %
Financial 55 82.25 77.72 5.83 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
79 74.69 69.85 6.93 %
Employment / Education 16 81.09 59.20 36.98 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
185 60.53 64.90 -6.73 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
247 40.65 54.20 -25.00 %
(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 218 38.21 52.43
Crime Rate 97 49.14 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 58 82.75 80.02
Unemployment Rate 64 47.19 41.03
Income Distribution 195 81.90 85.72
Weather 70 54.09 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 82 12.41 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 171 10.82 15.54
Number of hospital beds 137 29.39 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 33 80.23 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 94 28.02 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 185 22.97 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 38 30.61 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 85 13.92 13.47
Number of psychologists 145 16.64 21.04
Number of nurses 176 18.83 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 166 28.02 35.67
ER Wait Times 235 14.15 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 246 79.25 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 152 47.51 50.43
Diabetes Rate 183 39.74 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 153 79.33 81.94
Number of Caregivers 12 87.01 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 129 81.11 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 223 23.84 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 160 59.32 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 128 72.26 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 189 13.06 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 189 47.66 55.90
Total bank deposits 151 1.13 1.72
Tax burden 7 95.81 72.59
Dependency Ratio 16 82.20 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 22 75.05 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 185 27.58 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 228 26.30 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 51 65.69 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 91 19.58 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 161 42.28 47.00
Median Rental Price 151 68.64 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 245 33.15 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 233 11.57 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 59 78.33 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 202 3.51 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 204 7.51 15.92
Cost of assisted living 9 86.45 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 6 95.66 84.74
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 7 85.39 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 164 5.86 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 200 66.20 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 150 5.10 9.69
College Enrollment 14 69.46 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 198 64.81 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 250 .72 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 30 69.56 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 96 17.58 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 126 54.26 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 163 81.35 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 242 26.65 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 232 8.08 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 186 53.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 247 6.98 25.07
Number of YMCAs 30 23.21 12.40
Funding for Seniors 119 23.56 25.37