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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lynchburg, VA
#85
OVERALL RANKING

Lynchburg, VA


SCORE: 80.98

#93
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 81.56
 
#65
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 83.21
 
Percent of Population 65+:  16.60%
Population 65+:  42,376
Total Population:  255,309

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 25 81.71 75.28 8.54 %
Health Care 56 50.15 42.45 18.14 %
Wellness 113 82.03 81.88 0.18 %
Financial 231 70.63 77.72 -9.12 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
135 69.14 69.85 -1.02 %
Employment / Education 89 61.19 59.20 3.36 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
88 66.40 64.90 2.31 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
115 52.43 54.20 -3.27 %
(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 199 41.95 52.43
Crime Rate 11 77.20 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 191 77.15 80.02
Unemployment Rate 80 44.48 41.03
Income Distribution 135 85.33 85.72
Weather 47 56.47 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 251 4.35 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 181 10.43 15.54
Number of hospital beds 5 79.37 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 66.67 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 86 62.31 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 41 26.28 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 179 12.06 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 205 20.05 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 60 25.72 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 80 33.33 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 2 66.67 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 187 8.44 13.47
Number of psychologists 198 11.88 21.04
Number of nurses 190 17.98 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 170 27.02 35.67
ER Wait Times 245 11.90 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 19 96.70 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 166 46.63 50.43
Diabetes Rate 152 42.25 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 146 79.72 81.94
Number of Caregivers 69 77.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 144 80.57 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 90 44.86 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 92 66.85 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 154 69.47 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 105 21.30 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 141 53.99 55.90
Total bank deposits 72 1.38 1.72
Tax burden 192 60.54 72.59
Dependency Ratio 96 63.07 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 210 68.12 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 154 31.70 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 107 40.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 176 60.80 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 174 10.70 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 178 39.82 47.00
Median Rental Price 94 74.40 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 37 56.24 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 103 27.37 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 134 67.79 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 95 8.37 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 134 11.97 15.92
Cost of assisted living 200 61.73 70.12
Nursing-home rating 121 32.23 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 145 83.93 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 93 61.47 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 102 9.12 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 97 70.56 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 187 3.99 9.69
College Enrollment 56 36.22 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 195 65.09 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 55 14.59 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 205 58.72 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 104 16.55 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 87 57.88 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 50 90.93 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 46 46.03 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 209 10.33 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 70 67.98 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 114 23.85 25.07
Number of YMCAs 181 5.06 12.40
Funding for Seniors 145 23.44 25.37