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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lake Charles, LA
#131
OVERALL RANKING

Lake Charles, LA


SCORE: 79.34

#133
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 80.01
 
#83
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.25
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.28%
Population 65+:  26,686
Total Population:  201,005

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 38 80.32 75.28 6.70 %
Health Care 114 41.87 42.45 -1.37 %
Wellness 240 74.83 81.88 -8.61 %
Financial 73 80.89 77.72 4.08 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
71 75.18 69.85 7.63 %
Employment / Education 189 50.42 59.20 -14.83 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
110 64.80 64.90 -.15 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
173 48.41 54.20 -10.68 %
(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 105 54.72 52.43
Crime Rate 240 29.48 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 119 79.93 80.02
Unemployment Rate 45 50.22 41.03
Income Distribution 174 83.24 85.72
Weather 19 60.51 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 211 6.86 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 140 12.38 15.54
Number of hospital beds 65 43.88 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 199 61.54 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 52 70.12 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 30 36.88 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 76 34.27 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 80 42.49 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 156 7.69 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 115 11.96 13.47
Number of psychologists 246 2.37 21.04
Number of nurses 127 22.59 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 157 28.94 35.67
ER Wait Times 148 23.08 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 121 91.68 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 225 42.16 50.43
Diabetes Rate 236 34.25 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 231 71.68 81.94
Number of Caregivers 108 73.70 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 249 72.15 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 220 24.10 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 121 63.00 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 82 85.81 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 144 17.03 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 26 71.30 55.90
Total bank deposits 105 1.28 1.72
Tax burden 20 92.08 72.59
Dependency Ratio 130 61.11 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 47 73.70 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 136 34.80 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 195 31.65 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 139 61.80 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 133 14.08 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 106 49.17 47.00
Median Rental Price 112 72.44 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 178 45.07 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 60 35.68 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 25 95.92 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 61 11.46 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 225 6.00 15.92
Cost of assisted living 25 81.43 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 57 88.70 84.74
Cost of adult day services 55 69.64 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 142 55.17 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 115 8.63 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 180 67.23 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 248 1.34 9.69
College Enrollment 220 17.26 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 134 69.59 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 130 7.11 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 15 74.98 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 226 8.13 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 81 58.73 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 59 89.80 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 161 36.82 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 54 21.30 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 247 43.07 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 30 40.37 25.07
Number of YMCAs 159 7.15 12.40
Funding for Seniors 81 23.75 25.37