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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Fairbanks, AK
#115
OVERALL RANKING

Fairbanks, AK


SCORE: 79.86

#101
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 81.16
 
#227
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 75.49
 
Percent of Population 65+:  7.15%
Population 65+:  7,162
Total Population:  100,141

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 252 63.77 75.28 -15.29 %
Health Care 73 47.91 42.45 12.86 %
Wellness 35 87.70 81.88 7.11 %
Financial 119 77.71 77.72 -.01 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
252 43.57 69.85 -37.62 %
Employment / Education 56 66.89 59.20 12.99 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
226 57.83 64.90 -10.89 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
3 94.94 54.20 75.17 %
(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 156 47.99 52.43
Crime Rate 237 29.96 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 30 85.23 80.02
Unemployment Rate 61 47.36 41.03
Income Distribution 82 88.14 85.72
Weather 251 29.24 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 113 10.93 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 46 18.23 15.54
Number of hospital beds 114 32.54 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 198 51.29 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 33 50.01 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 90 40.72 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 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 17 24.77 13.47
Number of psychologists 132 17.87 21.04
Number of nurses 95 25.14 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 64 44.03 35.67
ER Wait Times 125 25.86 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 244 79.86 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 100 51.27 50.43
Diabetes Rate 32 57.05 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 1 100.00 81.94
Number of Caregivers 27 81.68 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 72 83.91 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 186 30.79 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 1 100.00 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 123 72.72 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 87 23.94 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 235 37.60 55.90
Total bank deposits 187 .98 1.72
Tax burden 72 81.69 72.59
Dependency Ratio 20 79.74 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 70 72.74 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 38 47.88 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 237 24.59 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 24 67.64 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 207 7.31 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 205 35.34 47.00
Median Rental Price 247 43.12 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 252 27.37 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 184 17.50 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 251 20.67 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 186 4.16 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 20 33.53 15.92
Cost of assisted living 244 48.56 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 249 70.55 84.74
Cost of adult day services 229 41.05 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 67 65.68 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 196 4.87 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 14 77.31 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 37 14.26 9.69
College Enrollment 44 39.84 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 80 74.38 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 106 8.46 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 1 100.00 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 123 15.25 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 246 35.09 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 239 72.95 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 251 19.83 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 5 70.08 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 39 74.26 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 153 18.76 25.07
Number of YMCAs 252 .00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 1 100.00 25.37