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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Gadsden, AL
#156
OVERALL RANKING

Gadsden, AL


SCORE: 78.19

#197
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 77.10
 
#102
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 81.43
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.38%
Population 65+:  17,081
Total Population:  104,311

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 97 75.78 75.28 0.66 %
Health Care 58 49.84 42.45 17.41 %
Wellness 248 72.64 81.88 -11.28 %
Financial 123 77.43 77.72 -.37 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
5 86.61 69.85 23.99 %
Employment / Education 251 39.54 59.20 -33.21 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
190 60.27 64.90 -7.13 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
186 47.06 54.20 -13.17 %
(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 86 58.54 52.43
Crime Rate 230 30.96 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 159 78.78 80.02
Unemployment Rate 106 41.12 41.03
Income Distribution 127 85.81 85.72
Weather 74 54.06 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 179 8.13 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 166 11.09 15.54
Number of hospital beds 47 49.15 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 33 80.23 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 21 59.41 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 52 49.37 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 36 31.70 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 56 16.33 13.47
Number of psychologists 247 2.34 21.04
Number of nurses 103 24.19 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 204 21.81 35.67
ER Wait Times 201 18.52 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 131 91.38 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 194 44.17 50.43
Diabetes Rate 244 31.95 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 153 79.33 81.94
Number of Caregivers 12 87.01 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 252 69.44 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 196 29.56 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 163 58.93 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 222 58.49 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 187 13.14 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 101 58.80 55.90
Total bank deposits 219 .80 1.72
Tax burden 7 95.81 72.59
Dependency Ratio 193 57.81 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 237 66.81 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 241 20.05 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 228 26.30 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 178 60.78 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 54 27.76 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 45 59.86 47.00
Median Rental Price 12 86.02 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 22 59.40 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 65 33.69 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 59 78.33 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 118 7.23 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 94 15.62 15.92
Cost of assisted living 9 86.45 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 168 82.88 84.74
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 249 31.71 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 165 5.82 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 190 66.72 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 148 5.11 9.69
College Enrollment 232 16.13 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 207 63.45 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 220 2.58 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 30 69.56 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 252 2.68 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 32 67.38 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 215 77.49 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 48 45.41 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 243 5.66 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 186 53.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 53 33.05 25.07
Number of YMCAs 87 12.47 12.40
Funding for Seniors 119 23.56 25.37