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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Tuscaloosa, AL
#75
OVERALL RANKING

Tuscaloosa, AL


SCORE: 81.63

#86
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 82.16
 
#79
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.48
 
Percent of Population 65+:  12.02%
Population 65+:  28,065
Total Population:  233,445

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 131 74.73 75.28 -.73 %
Health Care 27 56.48 42.45 33.05 %
Wellness 247 72.74 81.88 -11.16 %
Financial 72 80.92 77.72 4.12 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
45 77.82 69.85 11.41 %
Employment / Education 96 60.52 59.20 2.23 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
169 61.93 64.90 -4.58 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
229 43.42 54.20 -19.89 %
(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 181 44.61 52.43
Crime Rate 160 40.47 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 131 79.71 80.02
Unemployment Rate 91 42.71 41.03
Income Distribution 230 79.31 85.72
Weather 70 54.09 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 239 5.66 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 100 14.38 15.54
Number of hospital beds 2 90.28 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 138 77.78 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 33 80.23 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 1 100.00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 83 31.14 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 239 12.84 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 123 22.22 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 158 10.08 13.47
Number of psychologists 160 15.38 21.04
Number of nurses 67 27.78 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 187 24.47 35.67
ER Wait Times 206 18.00 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 166 89.87 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 219 42.42 50.43
Diabetes Rate 220 35.89 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 153 79.33 81.94
Number of Caregivers 12 87.01 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 237 74.80 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 215 24.53 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 151 60.02 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 235 48.04 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 133 18.47 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 158 51.76 55.90
Total bank deposits 143 1.15 1.72
Tax burden 7 95.81 72.59
Dependency Ratio 32 74.06 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 97 71.51 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 196 26.49 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 228 26.30 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 124 62.38 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 62 26.00 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 157 42.79 47.00
Median Rental Price 125 71.06 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 190 43.76 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 140 23.43 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 59 78.33 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 188 4.08 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 169 9.51 15.92
Cost of assisted living 9 86.45 70.12
Nursing-home rating 26 55.84 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 43 89.51 84.74
Cost of adult day services 1 100.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 175 50.76 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 34 19.17 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 218 64.82 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 211 2.95 9.69
College Enrollment 32 44.29 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 167 66.81 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 230 1.89 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 30 69.56 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 194 10.43 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 124 54.42 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 56 90.21 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 195 33.34 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 233 7.46 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 186 53.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 120 23.20 25.07
Number of YMCAs 82 12.97 12.40
Funding for Seniors 119 23.56 25.37