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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Burlington, NC
#239
OVERALL RANKING

Burlington, NC


SCORE: 73.23

#236
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.23
 
#235
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 74.77
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.31%
Population 65+:  23,533
Total Population:  153,672

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 192 71.54 75.28 -4.97 %
Health Care 238 27.11 42.45 -36.14 %
Wellness 228 75.64 81.88 -7.62 %
Financial 225 71.64 77.72 -7.82 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
80 74.59 69.85 6.79 %
Employment / Education 161 53.71 59.20 -9.27 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
149 62.63 64.90 -3.50 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
111 52.79 54.20 -2.60 %
(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 152 48.61 52.43
Crime Rate 169 39.40 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 183 77.58 80.02
Unemployment Rate 202 31.37 41.03
Income Distribution 165 83.78 85.72
Weather 107 51.09 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 70 12.90 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 214 9.04 15.54
Number of hospital beds 246 12.27 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 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 132 20.83 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 221 17.28 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 252 .00 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 169 9.36 13.47
Number of psychologists 244 3.70 21.04
Number of nurses 229 13.76 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 110 35.82 35.67
ER Wait Times 252 7.65 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 96 92.48 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 221 42.36 50.43
Diabetes Rate 213 36.33 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 37 87.65 81.94
Number of Caregivers 196 63.48 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 135 80.80 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 158 34.39 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 200 55.92 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 188 64.55 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 148 16.70 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 208 43.86 55.90
Total bank deposits 167 1.09 1.72
Tax burden 121 74.26 72.59
Dependency Ratio 129 61.21 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 146 70.09 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 178 28.39 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 173 32.02 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 207 59.59 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 136 13.66 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 104 49.39 47.00
Median Rental Price 87 74.82 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 63 53.07 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 162 20.73 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 120 70.15 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 109 7.64 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 36 27.22 15.92
Cost of assisted living 172 63.17 70.12
Nursing-home rating 48 48.72 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 232 77.57 84.74
Cost of adult day services 32 75.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 153 53.77 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 199 4.80 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 71 72.12 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 195 3.68 9.69
College Enrollment 88 26.99 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 192 65.37 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 176 4.62 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 194 59.07 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 224 8.20 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 39 65.67 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 142 83.87 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 81 42.47 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 94 17.88 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 78 66.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 213 12.89 25.07
Number of YMCAs 138 8.73 12.40
Funding for Seniors 221 23.09 25.37