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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lubbock, TX
#14
OVERALL RANKING

Lubbock, TX


SCORE: 88.50

#14
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 90.00
 
#12
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 88.43
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.58%
Population 65+:  34,494
Total Population:  297,877

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 34 80.72 75.28 7.23 %
Health Care 33 55.19 42.45 30.01 %
Wellness 137 80.71 81.88 -1.43 %
Financial 18 85.09 77.72 9.48 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
9 85.04 69.85 21.75 %
Employment / Education 22 78.23 59.20 32.15 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
72 67.85 64.90 4.55 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
215 44.92 54.20 -17.12 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Affordable living, convenient transportation

  • Low cost of living. Comparatively affordable nursing rooms and adult day services.
  • Short average commute times.
  • Substantial ridership on public transit.

Stabilizing economy

  • Improved employment growth over the last five years.
  • High percentage of employed older adults.

Needs Work:


Lack of community services and healthful living

  • Need for more YMCAs, public libraries, and recreational facilities. Shortage of fitness centers.
  • Low rates of volunteering. Older people not actively engaged.
  • Too many fast food sellers.

Take Away:


The West Texas oil industry is fueling economic expansion and employment, including opportunities for older residents. Affordable real estate and inexpensive services are draws, but too few cultural offerings and unhealthy diets mar the appeal.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 33 66.86 52.43
Crime Rate 246 28.60 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 32 84.89 80.02
Unemployment Rate 32 53.82 41.03
Income Distribution 235 78.98 85.72
Weather 66 54.40 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 126 10.49 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 20 24.45 15.54
Number of hospital beds 32 52.97 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 213 50.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 149 54.77 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 40 26.62 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 68 37.38 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 45 51.32 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 55 27.01 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 14 26.06 13.47
Number of psychologists 117 19.70 21.04
Number of nurses 25 34.43 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 54 46.51 35.67
ER Wait Times 135 24.19 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 142 90.88 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 73 53.15 50.43
Diabetes Rate 84 48.94 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 89 84.01 81.94
Number of Caregivers 51 77.84 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 198 76.98 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 131 38.45 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 244 48.09 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 70 87.05 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 154 15.98 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 81 62.38 55.90
Total bank deposits 32 1.72 1.72
Tax burden 49 84.59 72.59
Dependency Ratio 54 67.63 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 46 73.74 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 120 36.21 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 31 59.32 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 37 66.54 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 131 14.52 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 37 62.00 47.00
Median Rental Price 160 67.14 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 208 40.78 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 20 45.60 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 3 97.24 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 6 41.09 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 38 26.30 15.92
Cost of assisted living 182 62.92 70.12
Nursing-home rating 217 10.26 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 76 87.50 84.74
Cost of adult day services 10 95.12 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 18 79.05 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 61 14.05 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 52 72.95 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 31 17.26 9.69
College Enrollment 28 49.33 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 5 91.52 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 32 20.48 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 155 62.25 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 171 12.00 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 171 49.91 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 94 87.49 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 210 32.11 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 137 14.33 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 151 56.28 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 154 18.58 25.07
Number of YMCAs 252 .00 12.40
Funding for Seniors 193 23.31 25.37