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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
#81
OVERALL RANKING

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA


SCORE: 81.08

#65
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 83.63
 
#94
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 81.86
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.55%
Population 65+:  24,295
Total Population:  179,243

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 41 80.16 75.28 6.48 %
Health Care 156 36.95 42.45 -12.96 %
Wellness 147 80.03 81.88 -2.26 %
Financial 135 76.91 77.72 -1.04 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
181 65.36 69.85 -6.43 %
Employment / Education 32 74.70 59.20 26.18 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
35 70.47 64.90 8.58 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
102 54.26 54.20 0.11 %
(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 216 38.74 52.43
Crime Rate 34 64.03 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 70 82.14 80.02
Unemployment Rate 72 45.97 41.03
Income Distribution 240 77.76 85.72
Weather 47 56.47 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 131 10.30 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 210 9.24 15.54
Number of hospital beds 221 17.50 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 86 62.31 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 146 19.01 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 22 62.87 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 91 20.46 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 185 8.53 13.47
Number of psychologists 79 23.63 21.04
Number of nurses 236 13.12 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 153 29.37 35.67
ER Wait Times 161 22.56 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 163 89.98 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 118 49.78 50.43
Diabetes Rate 102 46.53 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 146 79.72 81.94
Number of Caregivers 69 77.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 147 80.45 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 138 36.86 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 132 62.07 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 160 69.15 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 127 18.85 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 179 48.78 55.90
Total bank deposits 110 1.26 1.72
Tax burden 192 60.54 72.59
Dependency Ratio 6 88.84 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 112 70.97 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 107 38.15 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 107 40.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 133 62.19 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 78 21.59 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 171 41.19 47.00
Median Rental Price 132 70.68 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 176 45.44 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 113 26.52 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 134 67.79 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 170 4.64 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 162 9.89 15.92
Cost of assisted living 200 61.73 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 80 87.14 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 124 57.61 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 77 11.61 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 92 70.71 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 191 3.81 9.69
College Enrollment 6 78.87 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 65 77.04 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 21 27.85 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 205 58.72 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 41 26.38 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 204 46.25 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 39 92.10 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 152 37.59 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 120 15.44 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 70 67.98 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 133 21.21 25.07
Number of YMCAs 26 23.82 12.40
Funding for Seniors 145 23.44 25.37