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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Morgantown, WV
#15
OVERALL RANKING
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Morgantown, WV


SCORE: 88.40

#20
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 89.27
 
#16
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 87.73
 
Percent of Population 65+:  11.90%
Population 65+:  15,997
Total Population:  134,467

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 88 76.31 75.28 1.37 %
Health Care 8 69.91 42.45 64.69 %
Wellness 150 79.90 81.88 -2.42 %
Financial 47 82.92 77.72 6.69 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
143 68.65 69.85 -1.72 %
Employment / Education 40 72.70 59.20 22.80 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
49 69.59 64.90 7.23 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
57 58.80 54.20 8.49 %
(Three-tier color code: 1-25 Green, 26-75 Black, 76+ Red)
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Nailed It:


Strength in health care

  • Large pool of doctors, orthopedic surgeons, and nurses.
  • Affordable care: Low cost per day for inpatients. Plenty of hospital beds.
  • Nursing excellence: many Magnet-accredited hospitals.

Steady economy and active learning environment

  • Lower unemployment for older workers than small metro average.
  • High enrollment at West Virginia University.
  • Rapid employment growth over last five years.

Needs Work:


Lifestyle choices

  • High rates of obesity and diabetes.
  • Unhealthy eating: fast food and sugary drinks in abundance.

Neighborhood concerns

  • Restricted affordability: steep housing prices and a widening income gap.
  • Crime rates low but neighborhoods plagued by fatal traffic accidents.

Take Away:


A college town with an excellent health-care system and low hospital costs, Morgantown is plagued by high reverse mortgage debt and a dearth of financial institutions. West Virginia University helps propel economic growth, and employment is steadily improving.

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General Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Cost of Living 180 44.64 52.43
Crime Rate 26 67.59 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 5 90.18 80.02
Unemployment Rate 24 56.16 41.03
Income Distribution 248 73.50 85.72
Weather 219 39.61 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 140 9.78 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 8 48.48 15.54
Number of hospital beds 14 60.27 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 143 75.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 10 83.28 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 97 27.19 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 70 44.82 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 252 .00 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 44 29.43 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 23 25.00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 6 44.68 13.47
Number of psychologists 99 21.49 21.04
Number of nurses 8 48.92 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 14 64.31 35.67
ER Wait Times 64 33.33 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 221 86.62 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 170 46.39 50.43
Diabetes Rate 184 39.66 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 84 84.53 81.94
Number of Caregivers 48 77.90 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 151 80.25 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 142 36.03 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 191 56.61 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 138 70.82 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 50 32.29 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 223 40.64 55.90
Total bank deposits 63 1.43 1.72
Tax burden 36 86.68 72.59
Dependency Ratio 5 91.67 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 20 75.12 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 148 32.77 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 120 37.40 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 6 71.45 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 176 10.60 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 176 40.44 47.00
Median Rental Price 75 76.13 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 191 43.39 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 205 14.75 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 193 59.24 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 40 13.84 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 158 10.01 15.92
Cost of assisted living 110 71.80 70.12
Nursing-home rating 154 27.35 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 236 77.30 84.74
Cost of adult day services 28 76.47 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 164 52.38 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 27 24.64 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 79 71.31 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 101 7.40 9.69
College Enrollment 16 65.56 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 167 66.81 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 59 12.96 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 12 75.11 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 11 39.77 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 176 49.59 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 103 86.93 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 201 32.99 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 12 42.98 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 195 52.71 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 115 23.64 25.07
Number of YMCAs 105 11.32 12.40
Funding for Seniors 24 25.49 25.37