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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Dalton, GA
#245
OVERALL RANKING

Dalton, GA


SCORE: 72.65

#242
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 73.76
 
#242
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 74.07
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.98%
Population 65+:  17,073
Total Population:  142,465

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 230 69.17 75.28 -8.12 %
Health Care 233 29.04 42.45 -31.59 %
Wellness 216 75.97 81.88 -7.22 %
Financial 210 72.62 77.72 -6.56 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
70 75.31 69.85 7.82 %
Employment / Education 173 52.22 59.20 -11.79 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
157 62.44 64.90 -3.79 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
246 40.81 54.20 -24.70 %
(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 135 51.25 52.43
Crime Rate 94 49.56 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 252 66.54 80.02
Unemployment Rate 238 25.70 41.03
Income Distribution 210 80.80 85.72
Weather 110 50.11 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 155 9.15 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 220 8.64 15.54
Number of hospital beds 203 20.46 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 20 81.01 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 252 .00 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 198 21.07 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 50 27.66 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 155 10.18 13.47
Number of psychologists 71 25.25 21.04
Number of nurses 226 14.48 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 249 10.62 35.67
ER Wait Times 229 15.46 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 214 87.10 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 65 53.73 50.43
Diabetes Rate 198 37.92 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 69 85.48 81.94
Number of Caregivers 35 79.38 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 210 76.41 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 236 21.64 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 170 58.26 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 129 72.05 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 206 11.67 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 175 49.87 55.90
Total bank deposits 157 1.11 1.72
Tax burden 74 81.48 72.59
Dependency Ratio 201 57.54 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 250 64.79 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 239 20.27 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 183 31.81 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 246 55.61 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 48 28.56 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 42 60.05 47.00
Median Rental Price 66 77.37 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 168 46.18 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 207 14.70 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 69 77.90 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 211 3.10 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 198 7.82 15.92
Cost of assisted living 55 76.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 38 51.28 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 42 89.85 84.74
Cost of adult day services 112 60.94 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 120 58.21 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 186 5.18 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 109 70.14 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 247 1.55 9.69
College Enrollment 193 19.33 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 124 70.56 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 73 10.93 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 139 62.46 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 251 4.09 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 103 56.29 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 90 87.76 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 196 33.23 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 240 6.12 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 204 50.19 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 218 12.70 25.07
Number of YMCAs 33 21.29 12.40
Funding for Seniors 157 23.38 25.37