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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Harrisonburg, VA
#103
OVERALL RANKING

Harrisonburg, VA


SCORE: 80.26

#78
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 82.79
 
#71
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.91
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.25%
Population 65+:  17,023
Total Population:  128,520

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 12 84.28 75.28 11.96 %
Health Care 158 36.71 42.45 -13.52 %
Wellness 177 78.33 81.88 -4.34 %
Financial 208 72.84 77.72 -6.28 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
193 63.83 69.85 -8.62 %
Employment / Education 43 72.22 59.20 21.99 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
15 75.68 64.90 16.61 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
140 50.75 54.20 -6.37 %
(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 237 32.84 52.43
Crime Rate 3 97.50 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 83 81.54 80.02
Unemployment Rate 43 50.39 41.03
Income Distribution 179 83.02 85.72
Weather 82 53.91 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 189 7.79 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 148 11.93 15.54
Number of hospital beds 216 17.93 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 86 62.31 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 252 .00 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 195 22.18 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 48 28.91 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 1 100.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 145 10.70 13.47
Number of psychologists 155 15.89 21.04
Number of nurses 132 22.22 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 149 29.72 35.67
ER Wait Times 135 24.19 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 247 78.71 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 139 48.69 50.43
Diabetes Rate 89 48.68 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 146 79.72 81.94
Number of Caregivers 69 77.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 29 87.12 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 159 34.27 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 95 66.49 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 184 65.21 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 232 9.70 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 70 63.79 55.90
Total bank deposits 134 1.17 1.72
Tax burden 192 60.54 72.59
Dependency Ratio 29 75.40 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 164 69.52 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 173 29.64 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 107 40.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 129 62.28 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 220 6.52 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 216 33.29 47.00
Median Rental Price 177 64.17 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 153 47.30 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 176 18.93 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 134 67.79 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 107 7.74 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 139 10.97 15.92
Cost of assisted living 200 61.73 70.12
Nursing-home rating 126 30.77 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 55 88.84 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 94 61.32 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 59 14.33 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 19 75.98 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 244 1.73 9.69
College Enrollment 19 61.61 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 42 79.47 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 24 24.29 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 205 58.72 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 17 33.52 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 65 61.00 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 61 89.76 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 162 36.73 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 210 10.26 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 70 67.98 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 118 23.29 25.07
Number of YMCAs 108 11.20 12.40
Funding for Seniors 145 23.44 25.37