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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Columbus, GA-AL
#142
OVERALL RANKING

Columbus, GA-AL


SCORE: 78.77

#135
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 79.91
 
#128
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 79.97
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.79%
Population 65+:  36,673
Total Population:  310,935

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 133 74.66 75.28 -.82 %
Health Care 102 42.72 42.45 0.64 %
Wellness 229 75.57 81.88 -7.71 %
Financial 59 81.89 77.72 5.37 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
103 72.73 69.85 4.12 %
Employment / Education 146 55.44 59.20 -6.35 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
145 62.71 64.90 -3.37 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
226 44.18 54.20 -18.49 %
(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 45 64.62 52.43
Crime Rate 244 28.75 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 90 81.11 80.02
Unemployment Rate 190 33.11 41.03
Income Distribution 211 80.68 85.72
Weather 74 54.06 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 165 8.70 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 69 15.98 15.54
Number of hospital beds 54 46.77 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 115 88.89 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 31 80.62 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 113 23.63 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 155 29.21 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 128 12.79 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 123 22.22 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 23 21.77 13.47
Number of psychologists 176 14.01 21.04
Number of nurses 166 19.81 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 178 25.59 35.67
ER Wait Times 237 13.47 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 55 94.30 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 193 44.22 50.43
Diabetes Rate 237 34.15 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 111 83.03 81.94
Number of Caregivers 26 81.83 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 228 75.47 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 184 31.16 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 154 59.60 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 122 72.73 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 245 7.56 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 80 62.49 55.90
Total bank deposits 25 1.78 1.72
Tax burden 42 85.71 72.59
Dependency Ratio 100 62.96 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 125 70.74 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 237 20.66 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 202 30.11 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 72 64.60 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 21 48.84 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 69 55.13 47.00
Median Rental Price 159 67.31 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 178 45.07 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 126 24.92 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 68 78.12 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 112 7.54 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 153 10.19 15.92
Cost of assisted living 36 81.19 70.12
Nursing-home rating 154 27.35 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 218 78.87 84.74
Cost of adult day services 31 75.73 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 129 57.13 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 201 4.64 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 192 66.60 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 86 8.83 9.69
College Enrollment 78 28.89 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 109 72.25 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 153 5.83 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 66 65.16 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 201 9.85 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 62 61.73 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 185 80.16 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 204 32.71 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 164 13.02 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 203 51.42 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 166 17.61 25.07
Number of YMCAs 68 14.75 12.40
Funding for Seniors 142 23.45 25.37