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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lafayette, LA
#61
OVERALL RANKING

Lafayette, LA


SCORE: 82.72

#37
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 86.01
 
#57
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 83.54
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.90%
Population 65+:  56,407
Total Population:  473,966

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 21 82.67 75.28 9.82 %
Health Care 199 32.35 42.45 -23.79 %
Wellness 232 75.27 81.88 -8.07 %
Financial 20 84.95 77.72 9.30 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
99 73.09 69.85 4.64 %
Employment / Education 19 79.63 59.20 34.51 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
36 70.34 64.90 8.38 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
184 47.11 54.20 -13.08 %
(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 131 52.21 52.43
Crime Rate 214 33.56 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 27 85.37 80.02
Unemployment Rate 17 62.87 41.03
Income Distribution 244 76.13 85.72
Weather 35 57.99 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 181 8.08 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 84 14.90 15.54
Number of hospital beds 86 36.92 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 231 41.38 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 52 70.12 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 164 15.42 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 171 25.43 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 148 8.35 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 158 3.45 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 106 12.67 13.47
Number of psychologists 229 6.10 21.04
Number of nurses 221 15.41 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 118 34.81 35.67
ER Wait Times 90 28.97 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 172 89.75 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 172 46.25 50.43
Diabetes Rate 157 42.14 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 231 71.68 81.94
Number of Caregivers 108 73.70 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 213 76.21 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 199 28.81 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 108 64.81 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 109 74.46 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 244 7.75 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 14 76.10 55.90
Total bank deposits 46 1.55 1.72
Tax burden 20 92.08 72.59
Dependency Ratio 53 68.00 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 4 79.49 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 198 26.42 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 195 31.65 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 12 69.10 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 92 19.50 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 175 40.57 47.00
Median Rental Price 123 71.45 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 230 37.43 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 131 24.67 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 25 95.92 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 23 18.18 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 243 4.26 15.92
Cost of assisted living 25 81.43 70.12
Nursing-home rating 208 17.33 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 84 86.65 84.74
Cost of adult day services 55 69.64 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 5 90.25 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 17 32.90 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 40 73.62 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 72 9.70 9.69
College Enrollment 94 26.44 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 204 64.26 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 171 4.98 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 15 74.98 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 183 11.19 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 11 75.86 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 36 92.74 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 200 33.00 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 42 22.90 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 247 43.07 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 42 36.39 25.07
Number of YMCAs 207 3.21 12.40
Funding for Seniors 81 23.75 25.37