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Best Cities for Successful Aging | Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
#52
OVERALL RANKING

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD


SCORE: 72.14

#49
FOR AGES 65-79
SCORE: 72.14
 
#46
FOR AGES 80+
SCORE: 71.54
 
Percent of Population 65+:  13.86%
Population 65+:  834,593
Total Population:  6,019,533

Indicator Rank Score Average
AvgScore
Percent
+/-
% +/-
General Livability 66 85.48 87.83 -2.68 %
Health Care 34 65.69 62.09 5.80 %
Wellness 59 69.59 72.07 -3.44 %
Financial Security 96 81.27 88.25 -7.91 %
Education 54 60.97 61.67 -1.14 %
Transportation/
Convenience
Transport-
ation
4 65.75 46.42 41.64 %
Employment 24 68.15 63.96 6.55 %
Living ArrangementsArrange-
ments
79 63.08 69.42 -9.13 %
Community EngagementEngage-
ment
50 73.98 73.23 1.02 %
(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 44 48.61 46.41
Crime rate 32 57.07 52.77
Internet access 53 82.56 83.51
Employment growth 85 82.63 86.82
Unemployment rate 54 60.58 64.06
Income distribution 76 83.33 86.33
Weather 63 56.56 65.13
Fatal car crashes 31 58.92 51.71

Health-Care Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Medicare enrollment 46 91.15 62.02
Primary-care physicians 24 63.62 57.60
Nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants 49 45.72 45.49
Number of nurses 33 43.48 38.33
Number of hospital beds 34 40.14 37.22
Long-term hospitals 54 18.55 22.49
Hospitals with geriatric services 31 44.30 37.70
Hospitals with rehabilitation services 57 37.68 43.27
Hospitals with Alzheimer's units 38 12.00 11.62
Hospitals with hospice services 42 31.44 31.78
Orthopedic surgeons 51 31.46 31.70
Dialysis centers 37 42.61 40.28
Medical and diagnostic centers 35 54.21 48.95
Physical therapists 35 62.97 56.09
Expenses per inpatient day 59 57.73 62.02
Joint Commission accreditation 28 91.21 83.71
Medical school affiliation 29 58.74 45.76
Magnet hospitals 21 23.74 14.40
ER wait times 69 29.89 40.01
 

Wellness Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Obesity rate 50 69.56 70.79
Smoking rate 65 23.84 30.34
Diabetes rate 51 47.05 48.54
Alzheimer's cases 29 86.45 81.26
Caregivers 66 33.63 39.21
Life expectancy at 65 53 83.45 84.59
Depression 48 43.01 43.31
Physical activity 53 61.86 65.43
Fitness and recreational sports centers 13 57.78 46.08
Fast-food outlets 59 58.11 61.73
Falls with injury 63 34.39 38.43
Binge drinking 68 35.22 40.64
Air quality 73 60.38 67.44

Financial Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Banks and financial institutions 43 49.43 47.44
Total bank deposits 5 16.68 7.24
Tax burden 75 53.69 68.14
Dependency ratio 35 87.14 84.57
Growth of small businesses 63 84.67 86.25
Older adults below poverty line 63 55.15 58.57
Capital gains 57 38.66 49.15
Income growth 63 82.07 84.11
Reverse mortgages 72 5.51 15.80
 

Living Arrangements Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Median house price 71 36.66 44.17
Median rental price 79 61.37 69.47
Households with older adults 30 58.11 55.52
Nursing beds 31 72.67 60.28
Cost of semi-private nursing room 88 47.21 64.62
Home health-care service providers 22 17.19 15.21
Continuing-care facilities 79 14.65 23.14
Cost of assisted living 90 68.05 80.63
Nursing-home rating 17 53.37 36.99
Older adults in family homes 79 80.65 84.60
Cost of adult day services 59 52.58 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 2 87.68 50.90
Commute times 86 66.32 78.27
Commuters who walk to work 12 62.23 38.41
Number of passenger trips 9 27.48 9.79
Public transport fare 7 23.65 16.65
Investment in public/senior transportation 11 82.20 67.65
Grocery stores 12 44.28 33.58
Special needs transportation 40 29.70 29.60

Community Engagement Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Percent of population 65+ 35 48.43 47.47
Arts, entertainment, and recreation facilities 52 29.22 30.60
Senior volunteer rates 42 54.62 53.28
Number of public libraries 55 41.12 44.65
Number of civic and religious organizations 57 55.32 60.15
Funding for older adults 4 85.21 75.84
 

Education Indicators

Indicator Rank Score Average
Score
Educational attainment 58 89.68 38.00
College enrollment 44 58.07 58.16
Number of community colleges 48 19.35 20.92
Number of universities 50 37.89 38.93