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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Decatur, AL
#130
OVERALL RANKING

Decatur, AL


SCORE: 79.35

#125
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.11
 
#118
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.57
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.18%
Population 65+:  23,370
Total Population:  153,934

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 139 74.48 75.28 -1.06 %
Health Care 105 42.25 42.45 -.47 %
Wellness 246 73.02 81.88 -10.82 %
Financial 82 80.18 77.72 3.17 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
15 83.00 69.85 18.83 %
Employment / Education 102 58.73 59.20 -.79 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
153 62.59 64.90 -3.56 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
198 46.50 54.20 -14.21 %
(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 119 53.04 52.43
Crime Rate 115 47.11 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 215 75.76 80.02
Unemployment Rate 107 40.88 41.03
Income Distribution 113 86.31 85.72
Weather 117 49.78 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 206 7.00 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 238 7.60 15.54
Number of hospital beds 133 29.65 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 129 80.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 33 80.23 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 21 45.29 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 13 62.66 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 40 51.96 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 76 22.37 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 189 8.34 13.47
Number of psychologists 251 2.06 21.04
Number of nurses 220 15.55 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 244 14.51 35.67
ER Wait Times 176 21.23 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 122 91.65 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 169 46.42 50.43
Diabetes Rate 224 35.56 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 153 79.33 81.94
Number of Caregivers 12 87.01 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 248 72.85 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 240 20.03 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 184 57.48 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 221 58.56 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 168 14.89 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 104 57.99 55.90
Total bank deposits 194 .95 1.72
Tax burden 7 95.81 72.59
Dependency Ratio 135 60.81 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 103 71.32 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 117 36.40 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 228 26.30 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 217 59.06 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 66 24.39 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 74 53.57 47.00
Median Rental Price 6 88.95 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 92 50.84 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 160 21.10 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 59 78.33 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 132 6.40 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 196 7.99 15.92
Cost of assisted living 9 86.45 70.12
Nursing-home rating 126 30.77 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 101 85.79 84.74
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 32 72.98 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 89 10.11 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 188 66.75 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 245 1.72 9.69
College Enrollment 214 17.50 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 212 62.66 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 233 1.76 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 30 69.56 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 249 4.81 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 104 56.19 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 3 97.92 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 85 42.10 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 251 3.98 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 186 53.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 119 23.26 25.07
Number of YMCAs 12 35.00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 119 23.56 25.37