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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Valdosta, GA
#77
OVERALL RANKING

Valdosta, GA


SCORE: 81.50

#74
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 82.89
 
#75
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 82.67
 
Percent of Population 65+:  10.99%
Population 65+:  15,892
Total Population:  144,581

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 67 78.17 75.28 3.84 %
Health Care 96 43.88 42.45 3.37 %
Wellness 205 76.76 81.88 -6.25 %
Financial 85 79.79 77.72 2.66 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
39 78.59 69.85 12.51 %
Employment / Education 59 66.15 59.20 11.74 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
93 65.65 64.90 1.16 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
219 44.52 54.20 -17.86 %
(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 121 52.89 52.43
Crime Rate 121 46.64 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 193 77.12 80.02
Unemployment Rate 174 34.57 41.03
Income Distribution 215 80.47 85.72
Weather 22 59.69 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 124 10.52 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 198 9.83 15.54
Number of hospital beds 88 36.27 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 20 81.01 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 30 52.90 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 75 43.51 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 252 .00 26.90
% of Magnet Hospitals 252 .00 6.41
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 149 10.53 13.47
Number of psychologists 65 26.15 21.04
Number of nurses 90 25.49 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 228 19.50 35.67
ER Wait Times 197 18.75 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 212 87.26 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 137 48.85 50.43
Diabetes Rate 221 35.77 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 69 85.48 81.94
Number of Caregivers 35 79.38 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 223 75.74 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 189 30.46 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 123 62.71 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 135 71.02 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 171 14.61 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 180 48.72 55.90
Total bank deposits 139 1.16 1.72
Tax burden 74 81.48 72.59
Dependency Ratio 43 69.65 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 27 74.65 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 191 26.72 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 183 31.81 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 22 67.76 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 50 28.29 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 71 54.65 47.00
Median Rental Price 146 69.00 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 216 40.41 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 1 100.00 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 69 77.90 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 65 10.93 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 217 6.72 15.92
Cost of assisted living 55 76.54 70.12
Nursing-home rating 57 44.44 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 45 89.33 84.74
Cost of adult day services 112 60.94 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 60 66.84 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 92 9.96 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 84 71.20 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 81 9.21 9.69
College Enrollment 48 39.46 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 76 75.12 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 68 11.38 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 139 62.46 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 202 9.83 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 99 56.71 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 49 90.97 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 224 30.48 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 146 13.96 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 204 50.19 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 95 26.30 25.07
Number of YMCAs 109 10.99 12.40
Funding for Seniors 157 23.38 25.37