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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Roanoke, VA
#128
OVERALL RANKING

Roanoke, VA


SCORE: 79.36

#143
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 79.44
 
#76
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.61
 
Percent of Population 65+:  17.24%
Population 65+:  53,510
Total Population:  310,425

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 35 80.64 75.28 7.12 %
Health Care 82 46.07 42.45 8.53 %
Wellness 167 79.09 81.88 -3.41 %
Financial 202 72.95 77.72 -6.14 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
109 72.25 69.85 3.44 %
Employment / Education 191 50.13 59.20 -15.32 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
74 67.72 64.90 4.35 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
87 55.27 54.20 1.97 %
(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 154 48.24 52.43
Crime Rate 79 53.08 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 144 79.30 80.02
Unemployment Rate 52 48.74 41.03
Income Distribution 123 85.90 85.72
Weather 47 56.47 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 194 7.53 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 29 20.92 15.54
Number of hospital beds 59 44.80 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 120 83.33 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 86 62.31 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 48 21.27 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 187 9.74 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 226 16.21 36.38
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 33 18.29 5.73
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 88 20.75 15.76
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 38 50.00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 42 16.67 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 122 11.69 13.47
Number of psychologists 162 15.35 21.04
Number of nurses 45 30.56 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 119 34.78 35.67
ER Wait Times 234 14.29 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 208 87.66 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 175 45.93 50.43
Diabetes Rate 154 42.20 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 146 79.72 81.94
Number of Caregivers 69 77.58 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 175 78.76 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 79 46.82 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 165 58.72 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 158 69.19 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 126 18.86 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 65 64.94 55.90
Total bank deposits 21 1.82 1.72
Tax burden 192 60.54 72.59
Dependency Ratio 132 60.91 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 136 70.39 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 124 36.02 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 107 40.10 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 183 60.60 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 145 13.06 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 179 39.58 47.00
Median Rental Price 107 73.25 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 57 54.19 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 28 43.35 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 134 67.79 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 117 7.29 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 105 14.46 15.92
Cost of assisted living 200 61.73 70.12
Nursing-home rating 14 61.54 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 205 80.08 84.74
Cost of adult day services 73 65.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 187 49.32 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 94 9.67 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 123 69.62 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 122 6.05 9.69
College Enrollment 199 18.32 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 124 70.56 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 88 10.15 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 205 58.72 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 186 11.12 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 19 70.25 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 102 86.98 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 32 47.80 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 148 13.91 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 70 67.98 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 74 30.09 25.07
Number of YMCAs 194 4.09 12.40
Funding for Seniors 145 23.44 25.37