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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Altoona, PA
#174
OVERALL RANKING

Altoona, PA


SCORE: 64.91

#183
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 64.86
 
#157
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.12
 
Percent of Population 65+:  18.51%
Population 65+:  23,506
Total Population:  127,004

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 87 83.45 81.58 2.29 %
Health Care 130 49.72 50.15 -.86 %
Wellness 271 60.74 68.45 -11.26 %
Financial 256 72.79 81.09 -10.24 %
EducationEducation 211 54.35 71.18 -8.25 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
95 75.84 71.18 6.55 %
Employment 192 45.31 51.56 -12.12 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
72 62.35 57.14 9.12 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
48 57.30 51.89 10.43 %
(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 52 60.81 49.09
Crime Rate 23 63.78 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 228 77.02 80.67
Unemployment Rate 111 47.96 46.80
Income Distribution 71 86.36 84.25
Weather 209 53.17 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 116 28.91 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 156 30.42 33.5
Number of hospital beds 100 31.15 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 153 80.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 133 19.38 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 51 38.76 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 80 24.68 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 143 20.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 256 5.14 13.35
Number of nurses 83 27.76 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 63 2.57 2.35
ER Wait Times 51 33.49 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 246 39.43 46.33
Smoking rate 235 8.33 13.69
Diabetes rate 216 34.00 41.83
Binge drinking 136 17.25 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 105 80.54 74.78
Caregivers 250 27.24 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 200 73.96 76.89
Depression 207 43.70 49.3
Physical activity 218 31.99 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 251 24.84 42.27
Fast-food outlets 191 31.75 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 69 22.70 17.69
Air quality 212 52.88 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 115 56.77 53.83
Total bank deposits 87 1.03 1.37
Tax burden 202 59.76 70.55
Dependency ratio 208 56.75 61.29
Small business growth 205 78.62 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 213 22.00 29.07
Capital gains 132 27.18 31.31
Income growth 203 58.01 60.52
Reverse mortgages 189 17.81 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 52 57.69 46.02
Median rental price 19 85.43 70.18
Households with older adults 31 45.61 39.04
Nursing beds 20 81.22 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 249 48.44 70.35
Home health-care service providers 78 16.65 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 117 12.88 14.8
Cost of assisted living 148 71.03 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 271 75.84 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 168 52.19 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 115 26.79 31.34
Employment growth 244 40.22 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 157 4.93 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 76 77.27 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 149 2.40 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 57 43.46 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 67 24.76 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 248 30.53 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 18 66.67 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 29 36.44 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 100 18.49 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 108 56.68 63.01
Number of public libraries 158 20.12 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 26 82.81 12.40
Funding for older adults 30 31.60 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 130 87.67 85.93
College enrollment 261 13.49 26.46