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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Wilmington, NC
#155
OVERALL RANKING

Wilmington, NC


SCORE: 78.23

#144
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 79.35
 
#178
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 77.99
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.08%
Population 65+:  39,705
Total Population:  263,353

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General 202 70.91 75.28 -5.80 %
Health Care 162 36.35 42.45 -14.37 %
Wellness 31 88.67 81.88 8.29 %
Financial 161 75.49 77.72 -2.87 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
142 68.70 69.85 -1.65 %
Employment / Education 117 57.67 59.20 -2.58 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
130 63.75 64.90 -1.77 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
112 52.73 54.20 -2.71 %
(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 226 36.47 52.43
Crime Rate 193 35.71 47.77
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 186 77.29 80.02
Unemployment Rate 209 30.33 41.03
Income Distribution 151 84.32 85.72
Weather 50 56.05 49.12
Fatal Car Crashes 170 8.45 11.85

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 52 17.36 15.54
Number of hospital beds 131 29.80 34.20
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 165 66.67 79.23
Expenses per Inpatient Day 72 64.55 60.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 252 .00 9.41
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 178 12.25 25.35
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 204 20.32 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 38 18.35 13.47
Number of psychologists 96 21.74 21.04
Number of nurses 44 30.75 24.33
Number of Physical Therapists 35 51.72 35.67
ER Wait Times 248 10.87 27.98
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare Enrollment 219 86.85 90.82
Obesity rate, population 65+ 66 53.66 50.43
Diabetes Rate 174 40.67 46.23
Alzheimer's Cases 37 87.65 81.94
Number of Caregivers 196 63.48 71.15
Life Expectancy at 65 44 85.57 81.36
Number of Fitness Centers 22 61.88 40.35
Number of fast food outlets 228 52.11 64.16
Sugary drink consumption 137 70.86 74.11
Number of Golf courses, skiing, marinas, bowling 5 61.19 22.34

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of banks and financial institutions 59 65.48 55.90
Total bank deposits 105 1.28 1.72
Tax burden 121 74.26 72.59
Dependency Ratio 96 63.07 63.45
Index Growth of Small Businesses (2006-2011) 149 70.02 71.00
% of 65+ population below poverty 48 46.15 37.11
Capital Gains as % of AGI 173 32.02 43.03
Income Growth (2007-2012) 161 61.24 62.83
Amount of Reverse Mortgages 221 6.43 20.25
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median House Price 215 33.41 47.00
Median Rental Price 199 60.39 69.66
% of Houses with 65+ Residents 38 56.05 49.14
Number of Nursing Beds 80 30.72 26.73
Cost of Semi-private nursing room 120 70.15 70.35
Number of home health-care service providers 49 12.78 9.48
Continuing Care Facilities 100 15.46 15.92
Cost of assisted living 172 63.17 70.12
Nursing-home rating 50 47.55 34.13
% of seniors living in family households 38 90.11 84.74
Cost of adult day services 32 75.00 61.47

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ Employed 123 57.88 57.95
65+ Unemployment Rate 107 8.94 12.33
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 81 71.26 69.72
Output of service sector/manufacturing 78 9.36 9.69
College Enrollment 91 26.82 29.22
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 164 67.11 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 108 8.43 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 194 59.07 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 206 9.71 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 34 66.72 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 168 81.13 84.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
% of population 65+ 91 41.81 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 71 19.87 18.61
Senior Volunteer Rates 78 66.41 63.01
Number of Public Libraries 233 10.61 25.07
Number of YMCAs 180 5.13 12.40
Funding for Seniors 221 23.09 25.37