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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Florence, SC
#102
OVERALL RANKING

Florence, SC


SCORE: 80.27

#132
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.02
 
#95
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 81.84
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.54%
Population 65+:  29,968
Total Population:  206,117

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 211 70.46 75.28 -6.40 %
Health Care 31 55.98 42.45 31.87 %
Wellness 230 75.41 81.88 -7.90 %
Financial 96 78.91 77.72 1.53 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
43 78.33 69.85 12.14 %
Employment / Education 206 48.71 59.20 -17.72 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
71 67.91 64.90 4.64 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
180 47.88 54.20 -11.66 %
(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 171 45.46 52.43
Crime Rate 247 28.34 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 175 77.82 80.02
Unemployment Rate 217 29.49 41.03
Income Distribution 203 81.10 85.72
Weather 55 55.59 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 241 5.62 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 96 14.49 15.54
Number of hospital beds 21 57.71 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 120 83.33 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 108 58.27 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 12 63.76 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 37 52.82 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 23 29.01 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 30 34.21 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 136 16.67 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 105 12.73 13.47
Number of psychologists 210 9.43 21.04
Number of nurses 34 32.54 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 148 29.95 35.67
ER Wait Times 226 15.63 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 86 92.90 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 240 40.01 50.43
Diabetes Rate 248 31.13 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 62 85.87 81.94
Number of Caregivers 23 83.01 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 246 73.48 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 193 29.92 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 119 63.22 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 161 68.96 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 143 17.13 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 25 73.06 55.90
Total bank deposits 179 1.02 1.72
Tax burden 16 95.10 72.59
Dependency Ratio 167 59.18 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 145 70.14 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 238 20.34 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 224 27.75 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 184 60.58 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 81 21.11 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 142 44.15 47.00
Median Rental Price 27 82.49 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 96 50.47 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 101 27.53 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 84 76.63 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 44 13.25 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 102 15.14 15.92
Cost of assisted living 110 71.80 70.12
Nursing-home rating 33 52.99 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 96 86.07 84.74
Cost of adult day services 32 75.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 192 48.83 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 232 3.73 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 105 70.27 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 179 4.18 9.69
College Enrollment 170 20.69 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 155 68.02 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 222 2.54 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 186 60.89 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 229 7.98 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 9 78.69 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 85 88.08 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 118 40.32 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 191 11.41 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 144 57.21 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 130 21.72 25.07
Number of YMCAs 77 13.34 12.40
Funding for Seniors 233 22.96 25.37