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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Huntsville, AL
#124
OVERALL RANKING

Huntsville, AL


SCORE: 79.64

#104
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 81.04
 
#125
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 80.06
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.93%
Population 65+:  55,601
Total Population:  430,146

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 100 75.72 75.28 0.58 %
Health Care 148 37.71 42.45 -11.17 %
Wellness 155 79.50 81.88 -2.91 %
Financial 28 84.09 77.72 8.20 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
72 75.17 69.85 7.62 %
Employment / Education 104 58.65 59.20 -.93 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
207 59.06 64.90 -9.00 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
214 44.96 54.20 -17.05 %
(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 128 52.34 52.43
Crime Rate 174 38.78 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 69 82.26 80.02
Unemployment Rate 59 47.57 41.03
Income Distribution 147 84.48 85.72
Weather 117 49.78 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 187 7.82 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 90 14.62 15.54
Number of hospital beds 156 27.94 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 129 80.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 33 80.23 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 111 24.37 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 164 26.83 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 252 .00 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 127 20.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 95 13.36 13.47
Number of psychologists 124 19.24 21.04
Number of nurses 56 28.45 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 183 25.18 35.67
ER Wait Times 231 15.10 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 167 89.84 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 150 47.53 50.43
Diabetes Rate 211 36.75 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 153 79.33 81.94
Number of Caregivers 12 87.01 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 138 80.69 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 26 60.41 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 214 54.32 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 213 60.10 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 203 11.77 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 36 68.61 55.90
Total bank deposits 122 1.21 1.72
Tax burden 7 95.81 72.59
Dependency Ratio 68 65.61 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 33 74.36 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 101 39.15 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 228 26.30 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 45 65.93 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 73 22.74 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 163 42.09 47.00
Median Rental Price 108 73.15 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 189 43.95 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 173 19.22 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 59 78.33 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 147 5.54 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 179 9.12 15.92
Cost of assisted living 9 86.45 70.12
Nursing-home rating 173 24.91 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 109 85.30 84.74
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 97 61.14 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 120 8.53 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 69 72.20 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 134 5.50 9.69
College Enrollment 84 27.51 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 136 69.27 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 240 1.44 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 30 69.56 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 235 7.30 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 119 54.88 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 172 80.92 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 170 35.85 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 169 12.82 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 186 53.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 199 14.11 25.07
Number of YMCAs 75 13.55 12.40
Funding for Seniors 119 23.56 25.37