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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Charleston, WV
#108
OVERALL RANKING

Charleston, WV


SCORE: 80.08

#116
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.41
 
#105
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 81.23
 
Percent of Population 65+:  17.04%
Population 65+:  38,482
Total Population:  225,837

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 193 71.53 75.28 -4.98 %
Health Care 62 49.05 42.45 15.55 %
Wellness 165 79.14 81.88 -3.35 %
Financial 103 78.61 77.72 1.15 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
115 71.37 69.85 2.18 %
Employment / Education 177 51.62 59.20 -12.80 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
52 69.47 64.90 7.04 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
71 57.15 54.20 5.44 %
(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 115 53.50 52.43
Crime Rate 135 44.55 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 106 80.41 80.02
Unemployment Rate 90 42.90 41.03
Income Distribution 175 83.20 85.72
Weather 170 42.79 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 212 6.85 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 24 22.04 15.54
Number of hospital beds 45 49.20 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 10 83.28 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 174 13.47 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 126 33.60 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 105 28.57 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 157 10.10 13.47
Number of psychologists 22 39.77 21.04
Number of nurses 15 39.85 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 168 27.49 35.67
ER Wait Times 226 15.63 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 34 95.41 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 222 42.30 50.43
Diabetes Rate 239 33.70 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 84 84.53 81.94
Number of Caregivers 48 77.90 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 247 72.94 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 100 42.91 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 238 49.99 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 7 98.53 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 150 16.60 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 168 50.82 55.90
Total bank deposits 33 1.71 1.72
Tax burden 36 86.68 72.59
Dependency Ratio 152 59.94 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 180 68.99 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 71 42.41 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 120 37.40 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 112 62.91 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 128 14.90 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 161 42.28 47.00
Median Rental Price 50 79.48 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 58 54.00 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 98 27.60 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 193 59.24 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 30 16.73 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 114 13.87 15.92
Cost of assisted living 110 71.80 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 107 85.49 84.74
Cost of adult day services 28 76.47 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 165 52.24 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 115 8.63 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 119 69.82 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 42 13.33 9.69
College Enrollment 240 15.20 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 210 63.18 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 51 15.32 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 12 75.11 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 110 16.10 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 28 67.83 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 118 86.20 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 36 47.26 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 29 28.83 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 195 52.71 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 75 29.95 25.07
Number of YMCAs 106 11.31 12.40
Funding for Seniors 24 25.49 25.37