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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Hattiesburg, MS
#37
OVERALL RANKING

Hattiesburg, MS


SCORE: 85.15

#35
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 86.29
 
#28
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 85.87
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.95%
Population 65+:  17,536
Total Population:  146,759

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 73 77.69 75.28 3.20 %
Health Care 37 54.59 42.45 28.60 %
Wellness 191 77.59 81.88 -5.24 %
Financial 22 84.90 77.72 9.24 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
82 74.51 69.85 6.67 %
Employment / Education 67 65.07 59.20 9.92 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
48 69.60 64.90 7.24 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
116 52.40 54.20 -3.32 %
(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 98 56.04 52.43
Crime Rate 78 53.60 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 139 79.46 80.02
Unemployment Rate 152 36.97 41.03
Income Distribution 239 78.00 85.72
Weather 65 54.51 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 183 8.01 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 40 19.34 15.54
Number of hospital beds 20 57.81 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 200 60.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 5 94.00 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 10 53.18 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 109 24.85 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 89 40.97 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 56 26.90 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 127 20.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 22 22.28 13.47
Number of psychologists 118 19.64 21.04
Number of nurses 20 37.87 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 136 31.87 35.67
ER Wait Times 183 20.45 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 70 93.56 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 217 42.57 50.43
Diabetes Rate 199 37.82 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 204 77.29 81.94
Number of Caregivers 1 100.00 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 243 74.42 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 165 33.01 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 243 48.85 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 132 71.67 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 80 24.96 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 12 76.96 55.90
Total bank deposits 83 1.35 1.72
Tax burden 1 100.00 72.59
Dependency Ratio 71 65.50 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 16 75.39 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 231 21.79 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 240 21.35 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 55 65.33 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 32 35.28 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 56 57.57 47.00
Median Rental Price 118 72.04 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 192 43.20 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 68 33.12 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 115 72.68 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 160 5.20 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 132 12.17 15.92
Cost of assisted living 49 77.77 70.12
Nursing-home rating 14 61.54 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 191 81.42 84.74
Cost of adult day services 133 59.09 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 48 68.79 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 108 8.89 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 159 68.20 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 83 9.03 9.69
College Enrollment 52 37.10 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 204 64.26 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 187 4.19 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 8 77.40 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 120 15.43 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 30 67.54 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 9 95.75 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 197 33.14 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 234 7.14 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 100 62.98 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 11 52.46 25.07
Number of YMCAs 36 20.70 12.40
Funding for Seniors 75 23.77 25.37