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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Bellingham, WA
#120
OVERALL RANKING

Bellingham, WA


SCORE: 66.97

#114
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 67.17
 
#153
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 66.26
 
Percent of Population 65+:  14.38%
Population 65+:  29,470
Total Population:  204,932

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 256 75.59 81.58 -7.34 %
Health Care 112 51.16 50.15 2.01 %
Wellness 22 78.19 68.45 14.23 %
Financial 226 75.38 81.09 -7.04 %
EducationEducation 38 67.59 71.18 14.10 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
265 54.88 71.18 -22.90 %
Employment 101 52.91 51.56 2.62 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
24 72.81 57.14 27.42 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
63 55.50 51.89 6.96 %
(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 266 28.81 49.09
Crime Rate 207 32.98 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 68 82.99 80.67
Unemployment Rate 187 39.36 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 156 58.94 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 45 41.45 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 68 39.14 33.5
Number of hospital beds 270 10.17 29.37
% of Hospitals with JCAHO Accreditation 1 100.00 79.11
Number of Long-Term Hospitals 57 0.00 6.57
Number of Hospitals with Geriatric Services 160 14.95 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 257 9.97 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 105 19.04 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 1 100.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 64 0.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 211 7.75 13.35
Number of nurses 189 19.44 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 191 1.45 2.35
ER Wait Times 232 15.15 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 20 57.03 46.33
Smoking rate 89 13.65 13.69
Diabetes rate 49 50.64 41.83
Binge drinking 225 13.22 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 13 94.85 74.78
Caregivers 214 30.29 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 32 82.94 76.89
Depression 117 49.65 49.3
Physical activity 13 57.24 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 15 64.35 42.27
Fast-food outlets 55 39.82 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 60 24.01 17.69
Air quality 109 61.80 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 105 58.07 53.83
Total bank deposits 150 0.87 1.37
Tax burden 190 60.38 70.55
Dependency ratio 48 67.03 61.29
Small business growth 106 81.97 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 164 25.91 29.07
Capital gains 51 39.00 31.31
Income growth 88 61.15 60.52
Reverse mortgages 255 5.52 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 264 25.51 46.02
Median rental price 238 58.87 70.18
Households with older adults 164 37.27 39.04
Nursing beds 229 33.08 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 227 52.63 70.35
Home health-care service providers 267 2.80 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 41 24.40 14.8
Cost of assisted living 257 54.59 71.61
Nursing-home rating 229 0.00 22.29
Older adults in family homes 104 83.64 82.84
Cost of adult day services 148 51.47 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 109 58.08 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 53 43.09 31.34
Employment growth 258 39.53 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 169 4.44 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 65 78.46 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 13 16.93 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 104 39.50 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 34 30.55 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 52 54.69 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 34 59.26 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 139 29.08 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 62 22.31 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 40 67.86 63.01
Number of public libraries 111 24.63 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 164 57.24 12.40
Funding for older adults 211 27.42 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 22 94.51 85.93
College enrollment 54 34.51 26.46