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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Gainesville, GA
#202
OVERALL RANKING

Gainesville, GA


SCORE: 75.68

#216
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 76.32
 
#177
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 78.01
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.54%
Population 65+:  23,198
Total Population:  185,055

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 59 78.67 75.28 4.50 %
Health Care 168 35.83 42.45 -15.59 %
Wellness 144 80.22 81.88 -2.03 %
Financial 196 73.30 77.72 -5.69 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
136 69.10 69.85 -1.07 %
Employment / Education 196 49.67 59.20 -16.10 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
218 58.33 64.90 -10.12 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
176 48.29 54.20 -10.90 %
(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 151 48.65 52.43
Crime Rate 47 59.71 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 131 79.71 80.02
Unemployment Rate 123 39.58 41.03
Income Distribution 98 87.57 85.72
Weather 74 54.06 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 163 8.78 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 119 13.31 15.54
Number of hospital beds 158 27.66 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 20 81.01 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 143 19.20 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 228 15.84 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 89 20.73 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 77 14.35 13.47
Number of psychologists 86 22.75 21.04
Number of nurses 185 18.14 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 130 32.67 35.67
ER Wait Times 184 20.27 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 229 85.13 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 69 53.27 50.43
Diabetes Rate 217 36.07 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 69 85.48 81.94
Number of Caregivers 35 79.38 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 55 84.80 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 224 23.80 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 67 69.70 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 115 73.98 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 119 19.19 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 144 53.49 55.90
Total bank deposits 163 1.10 1.72
Tax burden 74 81.48 72.59
Dependency Ratio 208 57.01 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 133 70.44 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 167 30.83 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 183 31.81 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 190 60.19 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 210 7.20 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 101 49.63 47.00
Median Rental Price 184 63.32 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 116 49.53 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 226 12.62 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 69 77.90 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 45 13.08 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 194 8.05 15.92
Cost of assisted living 55 76.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 126 30.77 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 16 93.98 84.74
Cost of adult day services 112 60.94 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 186 49.34 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 130 7.72 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 20 75.71 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 238 2.01 9.69
College Enrollment 225 16.50 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 239 57.63 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 234 1.68 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 139 62.46 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 226 8.13 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 83 58.43 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 157 82.44 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 183 34.76 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 80 19.29 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 204 50.19 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 196 14.29 25.07
Number of YMCAs 15 32.01 12.40
Funding for Seniors 157 23.38 25.37