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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
#41
OVERALL RANKING

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC


SCORE: 84.90

#39
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 85.59
 
#39
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 84.91
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.21%
Population 65+:  64,145
Total Population:  525,431

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 177 72.41 75.28 -3.81 %
Health Care 9 67.18 42.45 58.26 %
Wellness 139 80.59 81.88 -1.58 %
Financial 128 77.25 77.72 -.60 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
157 67.48 69.85 -3.39 %
Employment / Education 57 66.75 59.20 12.75 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
26 72.60 64.90 11.86 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
138 50.93 54.20 -6.03 %
(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 205 40.61 52.43
Crime Rate 175 38.77 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 72 82.10 80.02
Unemployment Rate 113 40.24 41.03
Income Distribution 241 77.37 85.72
Weather 107 51.09 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 81 12.47 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 4 70.21 15.54
Number of hospital beds 66 43.70 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 135 20.58 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 189 22.63 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 40 12.08 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 118 14.83 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 28 62.50 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 10 37.50 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 4 50.57 13.47
Number of psychologists 69 25.75 21.04
Number of nurses 12 43.34 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 15 63.87 35.67
ER Wait Times 233 14.56 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 237 81.25 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 60 54.20 50.43
Diabetes Rate 115 45.43 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 37 87.65 81.94
Number of Caregivers 196 63.48 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 101 82.42 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 28 58.68 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 205 55.16 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 182 66.11 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 166 15.00 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 193 46.81 55.90
Total bank deposits 63 1.43 1.72
Tax burden 121 74.26 72.59
Dependency Ratio 35 72.34 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 11 76.20 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 135 34.86 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 173 32.02 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 101 63.19 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 102 18.44 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 224 30.67 47.00
Median Rental Price 187 63.09 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 216 40.41 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 166 19.97 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 120 70.15 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 85 9.10 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 66 19.14 15.92
Cost of assisted living 172 63.17 70.12
Nursing-home rating 25 56.41 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 112 85.19 84.74
Cost of adult day services 32 75.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 75 63.75 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 46 17.52 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 31 74.35 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 228 2.36 9.69
College Enrollment 42 40.35 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 206 63.98 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 10 43.45 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 194 59.07 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 81 19.32 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 109 55.56 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 66 89.42 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 190 33.86 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 87 18.39 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 78 66.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 174 17.03 25.07
Number of YMCAs 215 2.86 12.40
Funding for Seniors 221 23.09 25.37