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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
#166
OVERALL RANKING

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH


SCORE: 77.74

#188
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 77.62
 
#174
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 78.18
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.58%
Population 65+:  60,477
Total Population:  364,856

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 246 66.24 75.28 -12.01 %
Health Care 65 48.92 42.45 15.24 %
Wellness 221 75.85 81.88 -7.36 %
Financial 108 78.21 77.72 0.63 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
74 75.03 69.85 7.42 %
Employment / Education 215 47.95 59.20 -19.00 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
128 63.88 64.90 -1.57 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
83 55.75 54.20 2.86 %
(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 65 60.33 52.43
Crime Rate 252 12.19 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 183 77.58 80.02
Unemployment Rate 116 40.08 41.03
Income Distribution 213 80.66 85.72
Weather 170 42.79 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 184 7.96 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 45 18.35 15.54
Number of hospital beds 56 45.75 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 71 64.79 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 31 36.80 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 105 25.33 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 83 42.11 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 144 9.01 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 79 36.36 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 34 18.99 13.47
Number of psychologists 114 19.96 21.04
Number of nurses 72 27.38 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 194 23.73 35.67
ER Wait Times 202 18.47 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 119 91.71 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 239 40.09 50.43
Diabetes Rate 241 33.12 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 123 82.02 81.94
Number of Caregivers 75 76.92 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 234 75.07 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 231 22.94 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 226 52.22 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 4 98.98 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 158 15.66 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 174 49.93 55.90
Total bank deposits 124 1.20 1.72
Tax burden 105 77.76 72.59
Dependency Ratio 148 60.13 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 196 68.41 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 209 25.51 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 205 29.59 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 75 64.40 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 20 48.90 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 56 57.57 47.00
Median Rental Price 11 86.30 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 34 56.80 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 144 23.04 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 142 66.72 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 75 9.62 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 236 5.30 15.92
Cost of assisted living 98 73.46 70.12
Nursing-home rating 198 20.02 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 158 83.54 84.74
Cost of adult day services 70 66.86 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 215 44.28 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 189 5.13 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 124 69.58 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 154 4.92 9.69
College Enrollment 131 23.17 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 145 68.95 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 193 3.93 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 58 66.60 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 102 16.82 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 125 54.33 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 58 89.85 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 47 45.97 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 38 24.93 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 149 56.65 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 55 32.36 25.07
Number of YMCAs 202 3.54 12.40
Funding for Seniors 68 24.06 25.37