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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
#73
OVERALL RANKING

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ


SCORE: 70.17

#77
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 69.92
 
#69
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 70.00
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.94%
Population 65+:  131,775
Total Population:  826,914

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 73 84.38 87.83 -3.93 %
Health Care 39 64.50 62.09 3.88 %
Wellness 76 66.71 72.07 -7.44 %
Financial Security 85 83.03 88.25 -5.92 %
Education 83 55.73 61.67 -9.63 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
24 54.48 46.42 17.36 %
Employment 89 56.08 63.96 -12.32 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
63 67.54 69.42 -2.71 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
44 74.76 73.23 2.09 %
(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 56 44.07 46.41
Crime rate 7 74.75 52.77
Internet access 79 77.03 83.51
Employment growth 67 84.54 86.82
Unemployment rate 50 61.52 64.06
Income distribution 6 90.91 86.33
Weather 75 54.40 65.13
Fatal car crashes 64 42.05 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 40 91.40 62.02
Primary-care physicians 77 49.99 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 45 46.85 45.49
Number of nurses 48 37.76 38.33
Number of hospital beds 56 34.25 37.22
Long-term hospitals 72 0.00 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 8 69.43 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 24 53.96 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 24 19.34 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 4 93.50 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 80 23.65 31.70
Dialysis centers 71 30.45 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 93 27.17 48.95
Physical therapists 63 50.00 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 52 59.59 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 46 87.50 83.71
Medical school affiliation 45 47.73 45.76
Magnet hospitals 63 7.50 14.40
ER wait times 53 32.98 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 72 63.41 70.79
Smoking rate 75 22.29 30.34
Diabetes rate 72 42.20 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 50 83.14 81.26
Caregivers 81 30.37 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 51 83.67 84.59
Depression 71 38.29 43.31
Physical activity 64 59.67 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 63 41.94 46.08
Fast-food outlets 29 65.26 61.73
Falls with injury 53 36.53 38.43
Binge drinking 37 42.49 40.64
Air quality 77 58.56 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 87 38.17 47.44
Total bank deposits 67 4.53 7.24
Tax burden 73 56.05 68.14
Dependency ratio 76 81.28 84.57
Growth of small businesses 78 82.59 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 12 74.32 58.57
Capital gains 57 38.66 49.15
Income growth 80 80.95 84.11
Reverse mortgages 32 19.96 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 62 40.65 44.17
Median rental price 65 66.24 69.47
Households with older adults 13 62.94 55.52
Nursing beds 22 78.76 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 87 47.78 64.62
Home health-care service providers 69 10.51 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 53 18.67 23.14
Cost of assisted living 71 75.12 80.63
Nursing-home rating 7 68.05 36.99
Older adults in family homes 64 82.67 84.60
Cost of adult day services 39 55.37 55.79

Employment Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 72.79
65+ unemployment rate 30.13
Employment growth in health,education,leisure and hospitality 85.90
Output of service sector/manufacturing 22.62
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Walk score 13 70.62 50.90
Commute times 83 69.68 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 30 44.99 38.41
Number of passenger trips 73 2.60 9.79
Public transport fare 1 100.00 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 40 70.28 67.65
Grocery stores 47 33.04 33.58
Special needs transportation 73 19.71 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 13 56.03 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 64 25.61 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 40 55.01 53.28
Number of public libraries 64 37.39 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 39 69.08 60.15
Funding for older adults 13 82.66 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 74 87.63 38.00
College enrollment 78 50.08 58.16
Number of community colleges 62 16.29 20.92
Number of universities 65 33.05 38.93