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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
#225
OVERALL RANKING

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC


SCORE: 74.47

#234
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 74.33
 
#215
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 76.20
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.27%
Population 65+:  59,167
Total Population:  363,729

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 184 71.92 75.28 -4.46 %
Health Care 131 39.68 42.45 -6.53 %
Wellness 237 75.12 81.88 -8.26 %
Financial 227 71.30 77.72 -8.26 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
51 77.25 69.85 10.59 %
Employment / Education 218 47.88 59.20 -19.12 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
231 57.53 64.90 -11.36 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
141 50.52 54.20 -6.79 %
(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 143 50.09 52.43
Crime Rate 150 42.39 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 243 72.62 80.02
Unemployment Rate 231 27.07 41.03
Income Distribution 148 84.46 85.72
Weather 69 54.24 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 108 11.03 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 190 10.06 15.54
Number of hospital beds 111 32.69 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 72 64.55 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 54 18.60 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 103 25.64 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 115 35.50 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 143 9.12 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 80 33.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 184 8.54 13.47
Number of psychologists 126 18.52 21.04
Number of nurses 160 20.22 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 190 24.15 35.67
ER Wait Times 224 15.96 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 185 89.09 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 136 48.86 50.43
Diabetes Rate 180 40.00 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 37 87.65 81.94
Number of Caregivers 196 63.48 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 242 74.48 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 218 24.22 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 128 62.47 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 192 63.36 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 116 19.67 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 207 43.91 55.90
Total bank deposits 194 .95 1.72
Tax burden 121 74.26 72.59
Dependency Ratio 154 59.84 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 222 67.67 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 186 27.54 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 173 32.02 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 237 57.76 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 90 19.66 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 90 51.97 47.00
Median Rental Price 20 83.55 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 47 55.49 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 156 21.64 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 120 70.15 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 39 14.15 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 64 19.39 15.92
Cost of assisted living 172 63.17 70.12
Nursing-home rating 94 35.90 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 157 83.57 84.74
Cost of adult day services 32 75.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 134 55.94 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 200 4.70 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 239 61.84 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 242 1.79 9.69
College Enrollment 234 16.09 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 198 64.81 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 248 .90 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 194 59.07 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 238 6.94 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 114 55.00 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 159 82.10 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 53 45.11 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 206 10.58 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 78 66.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 161 17.96 25.07
Number of YMCAs 201 3.59 12.40
Funding for Seniors 221 23.09 25.37