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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Gainesville, FL
#12
OVERALL RANKING

Gainesville, FL


SCORE: 89.11

#11
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 90.97
 
#10
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 89.26
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.93%
Population 65+:  32,059
Total Population:  268,660

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 80 77.18 75.28 2.52 %
Health Care 6 72.51 42.45 70.81 %
Wellness 136 80.72 81.88 -1.42 %
Financial 38 83.26 77.72 7.13 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
198 63.22 69.85 -9.49 %
Employment / Education 27 76.49 59.20 29.21 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
10 79.49 64.90 22.48 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
239 42.28 54.20 -21.99 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Quality care, abundance of health professionals

  • Lots of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and orthopedic surgeons.
  • JCAHO accreditation for all hospitals. Some hospitals with Magnet accreditation and med-school affiliation.

Stable economic environment and intellectual appetite

  • Relatively large service sector: job opportunities for older adults.
  • Large pool of young workers. Result: stable flow of tax revenue.
  • Strong college enrollment and learning opportunities.

Needs Work:


Few cultural and engagement opportunities

  • Arts and recreational activities in short supply.
  • Low volunteer rates: potentially weak community engagement among older residents.

Healthy habits

  • Poor diet choices: fast food everywhere, sugary drinks popular.

Take Away:


Older Gainesville residents benefit from thriving health-care and transit networks. The University of Florida, home of the Gators, drives much of the economy, employment, and medical care. A cultural dearth and unhealthy diets detract from livability.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 184 43.88 52.43
Crime Rate 173 38.86 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 165 78.59 80.02
Unemployment Rate 84 44.16 41.03
Income Distribution 251 72.06 85.72
Weather 22 59.69 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 128 10.47 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 7 57.36 15.54
Number of hospital beds 16 60.11 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 93 60.59 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 98 27.17 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 193 22.40 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 30 23.83 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 119 14.70 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 18 75.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 10 35.18 13.47
Number of psychologists 204 10.74 21.04
Number of nurses 5 57.63 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 5 76.30 35.67
ER Wait Times 142 23.44 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 64 93.73 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 55 54.52 50.43
Diabetes Rate 59 52.26 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 237 71.36 81.94
Number of Caregivers 178 66.31 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 108 82.16 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 62 49.18 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 176 57.97 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 170 67.93 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 213 11.17 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 196 46.56 55.90
Total bank deposits 184 1.00 1.72
Tax burden 146 70.42 72.59
Dependency Ratio 6 88.84 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 86 71.96 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 163 31.07 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 9 74.25 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 167 61.10 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 119 15.71 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 188 38.58 47.00
Median Rental Price 203 59.77 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 224 39.11 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 124 25.53 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 158 61.30 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 68 10.47 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 141 10.82 15.92
Cost of assisted living 100 72.82 70.12
Nursing-home rating 147 28.90 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 125 84.81 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 136 55.85 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 83 11.22 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 137 69.22 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22 22.64 9.69
College Enrollment 9 76.30 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 90 73.30 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 8 58.45 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 241 54.16 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 77 19.63 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 52 63.73 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 82 88.19 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 198 33.09 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 200 11.06 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 227 46.07 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 116 23.62 25.07
Number of YMCAs 53 16.97 12.40
Funding for Seniors 244 22.34 25.37