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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Lancaster, PA
#164
OVERALL RANKING

Lancaster, PA


SCORE: 65.08

#163
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 65.42
 
#172
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 65.44
 
Percent of Population 65+:  15.70%
Population 65+:  82,650
Total Population:  526,436

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent
+/-
General Livability 80 83.72 81.58 2.62 %
Health Care 198 44.11 50.15 -12.04 %
Wellness 165 66.42 68.45 -2.97 %
Financial 257 72.72 81.09 -10.32 %
EducationEducation 233 52.87 71.18 -10.75 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
215 64.25 71.18 -9.74 %
Employment 71 56.86 51.56 10.28 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
20 73.93 57.14 29.38 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
96 53.06 51.89 2.25 %
(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 189 42.08 49.09
Crime Rate 14 68.69 42.85
Employment Growth (2007-2012) 104 81.57 80.67
Unemployment Rate 42 60.57 46.80
Income Distribution 42 88.37 84.25
Weather 176 55.84 62.27
Fatal Car Crashes 142 25.67 29.38

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Number of Doctors 145 31.12 33.5
Number of hospital beds 238 15.06 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 185 10.77 21.44
% of Hospitals with Rehabilitation Services 251 10.77 25.8
Number of Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 36 0.00 4.68
Number of Hospitals with Hospice Services 140 0.00 15.09
% of Hospitals with Medical School Affiliation 128 25.00 26.60
% of Magnet Hospitals 25 25.00 6.27
Number of Orthopedic Surgeons 189 9.03 13.35
Number of nurses 182 20.04 24.78
Number of Physical Therapists 136 1.88 2.35
ER Wait Times 93 27.37 24.64
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 109 46.86 46.33
Smoking rate 139 11.13 13.69
Diabetes rate 108 43.04 41.83
Binge drinking 160 16.24 20.32
Alzheimer's cases 124 78.94 74.78
Caregivers 200 31.36 39.11
Life expectancy at 65 59 80.67 76.89
Depression 218 43.29 49.3
Physical activity 76 42.86 39.05
Fitness and recreational sports centers 90 48.61 42.27
Fast-food outlets 63 38.77 35.09
Golf courses, ski resorts 250 7.59 17.69
Air quality 277 42.97 61.2

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 203 45.61 53.83
Total bank deposits 62 1.14 1.37
Tax burden 202 59.76 70.55
Dependency ratio 234 54.84 61.29
Small business growth 24 87.11 81.17
Older adults below poverty line 94 31.54 29.07
Capital gains 132 27.18 31.31
Income growth 86 61.23 60.52
Reverse mortgages 257 5.19 27.26
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 210 36.76 46.02
Median rental price 224 61.63 70.18
Households with older adults 86 40.86 39.04
Nursing beds 72 62.11 49.76
Cost of semiprivate nursing room 249 48.44 70.35
Home health-care service providers 92 14.50 14.31
Continuing-care facilities 130 11.97 14.8
Cost of assisted living 148 71.03 71.61
Nursing-home rating 209 9.68 22.29
Older adults in family homes 123 82.89 82.84
Cost of adult day services 57 58.33 55.7

Employment/Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of 65+ employed 22 75.94 56.23
65+ unemployment Rate 119 26.15 31.34
Employment growth 97 45.65 44.29
Output of service sector/manufacturing 156 4.96 9.94
 

Transportation/Convenience Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Average commute time to work 206 65.95 71.39
Number of Passenger Trips 164 2.22 11.53
Investment in Public/Senior Transportation 246 25.95 64.25
% of commuters who walk to work 94 21.46 17.90
Number of Grocery, etc. 81 50.74 55.19
% of Seniors near grocery 84.52
Walk score 1 100.00 xx.52

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 93 30.86 39.94
Number of arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 155 14.78 18.61
Senior volunteer rates 110 56.60 63.01
Number of public libraries 239 12.43 25.07
Number of civic and religious organizations 32 81.79 12.40
Funding for older adults 31 31.59 25.37
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 224 81.24 85.93
College enrollment 199 18.05 26.46